Spring brings warm weather and colorful displays of flowers at Grace Chapel Inn, as well as the arrival of two long-term guests. As usual, the Howard sisters open their hearts as well as their home, and Alice finds herself mentoring a charming young doctoral student whose real field of study seems to be the townspeople. Jane becomes tour guide and genealogical sleuth for a traveler from afar. Meanwhile, Louise fears that she may have driven away a precious member of the family. Will the prodigal pet come home again?