The first five episodes from the television adaptation of R.F. Delderfield's novel set in the early years of the 20th century. Paul Craddock (Nigel Havers) becomes the squire of the neglected Devonshire estate of Shallowford after being invalided out of the army. However, on arrival at his new estate, Craddock finds the locals need convincing that he is up to the job and sets about this with the help of his estate manager, John Rudd. The episodes featured are: 'Valley For Sale', 'The Party', 'An Outbreak of Romance', 'A Birth and a Death' and 'The Storm'.