Life is never quiet in Thrush Green. When a local cottage called Tullivers, long empty, shows signs of occupancy, the village whispers in excitement. Phil, a lovely woman with a young son, has been deserted by her husband and quickly attracts the interest and attention of the villagers, especially several bachelors. Harold Shoosmith gives both advice and practical help in the garden, while Winnie Bailey's nephew, Richard, offers his assistance with household repairs and takes Phil for a drive to London. When Phil's estranged husband dies suddenly in a car accident, her new freedom brings more changes to her life and a new love to Thrush Green.