A young woman goes home to New York after a long stay in Europe. Her former schoolmate introduces her to the decadence of New York and she ultimately falls in love with an older man who's a stand-in for her father, before tragedy strikes.
Sara Yarnell leaves her staid existence back east to teach in a one-room school in Independence, Colorado. Her students adore her but she clashes with the school board. Julia Bailey and newspaperman Martin Pope are her friends.