Elizabeth has problems in her classroom when the nephews of Ray Wyatt come to her class and bully other students. Meanwhile - Lee loses his voice and Rosemary does the talking for him. Also, Bill finds AJ Foster, and Ray Wyatt opens a commissary and steals business from Abigail’s cafe.
Elizabeth fights to clear her name and get her job back; Jack gets some troubling news; Wyatt and the railroad continue to make problems for Hope Valley; the children have to deal with a stern new schoolteacher.
To raise money for new school supplies, Elizabeth and the kids throw a carnival. But for Phillip, the new kid in Elizabeth’s classroom, the carnival sheds new light, and possibly even hope, on his relationship with his distant father.
An intriguing peddler comes to Hope Valley selling the townspeople his wears and teaching them valuable lessons about joy and giving. And when the townspeople realize that the recently displaced settlers in the area will not have a proper Christmas, they come together to create a special holiday celebration.