The widow of Lee's former silent partner arrives and gives Gowen a chance to run a company again, Elizabeth tutors an unexpected new student and the residents of Hope Valley conspire to pull off a surprise.
Bill is put in serious jeopardy while transporting AJ to face trial. Abigail tries to save the town from an investor who will hurt Hope Valley. Carson is faced with a life and death medical decision. Elizabeth tries to reunite a mother and her son.
Elizabeth assigns her students to follow business leaders in Hope Valley for a day. Meanwhile, Abigail and the town host two possible investors for the failing bank. Bill's life is disrupted when AJ Foster arrives and turns herself in.
Abigail has to figure out how to keep the town s bank afloat. Meanwhile, Elizabeth struggles to understand what troubles one of her young students. Rosemary goes overboard planning Jack and Elizabeth s wedding.
Jack and Elizabeth start planning their future; sparks fly between Carson and a new arrival; Elizabeth teaches her students the difference between facts and speculation; the town is put on edge when Lee can’t pay his employees.
Elizabeth’s sister, Julie, visits Hope Valley in her quest to become a teacher; Lee is made acting Sheriff when Abigail and Bill leave town to testify in Gowen’s trial; Carson has problems with a traveling tonic salesmen.