As mayor of Hope Valley, Abigail is faced with a new crisis when financial troubles for the town loom that also impact Lee’s operations at the mill. Elizabeth gets an unexpected visit from her sister Julie, who reveals the surprising career path she’s decided to take. Ever the dedicated wife to Lee, Rosemary keeps busy at Dottie’s dress shop as she works to make Hope Valley more fashionable. As Elizabeth awaits news of Jack, who has returned to the Northern Territories, she focuses on teaching her students and dreams of the day when Jack comes safely home and they can plan their wedding. Sheriff Bill Avery keeps Hope Valley safe, as well as maintaining a close eye on Gowen, who continues to adjust to his new life as a laborer at Lee’s mill. Gowen keeps tabs on the town’s business and offers unsolicited advice to Abigail, who’s not sure if his intentions are honorable. Doctor Carson Shephard’s skills are put to the test when an unknown sickness sweeps through town, he opens his heart to love again, and takes a risk that could save or take a life of someone he cares for.