When Mr James Massey moves to the Parish of Hilby and becomes the new tenant of Wood Farm he is soon the centre of attention. Invited to events within the small Norfolk Village, Massey finds himself attending village concerts, high tea at the grange and even dinner at the vicarage. As the residents warm to him so too do the hearts of two women, Helen Smythe and Pollie Freeman.
When Pollie mistakes his affections for a proposal James realises it is Helen he favours. But Pollie has informed her parents of the engagement, will James have a choice? Few punches are pulled in portraying the rigid class system of the time, from the squire to the most impoverished labourer.