The life of Missie's family in the West has been settled down. Missie continues her passion of teaching and takes care of their young daughter Kathy while Willie and their sons Jeff and Matthew work to expand their family ranch. But the close bond of the family is threatened after Kathy is suddenly dead and then Willie accepts to become the town sheriff.t.
The movie, based on the novel by Janette Oke, shows how time and belief can help deal with tragedies. These solutions, however, when applied to the LaHayes' particular tragedy, make for a stagnantly morose plot.