Following the sudden death of his father, the owner of an animal sanctuary and nature reserve in the English westcountry, Kit Lavery returns home from Australia, where he has been for the last ten years, to sort out the family estate. Though he does not intend to stay long, on arrival he finds two very determined women, Elizabeth Punch and Jess Wetherby, both passionate about saving animals and the countryside, in charge.
They realise that he is less committed to the sanctuary than they are. While spending most of his time sorting through his father's estate and getting to know local people, he meets and falls in love with Jinty O'Hare, the niece of the local Master of Foxhounds. He decides he will have to sell the house, grounds and business, hoping he can find someone to keep it as it is, and go back to Australia where he has a girlfriend, Heather.
A buyer shows interest in the estate, and Kit is torn between accepting the offer and leaving, or staying after all and making a go of it. He is relieved when his buyer quickly loses interest after being told that the area may be officially designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, which will prevent any commercial development on it. But when he also learns more about his father's sudden death, and his personal life becomes more complicated.
This report prepared by John Van der Kiste