Thirteen-year-old Bella lives at the Woodman Inn - an ancient hostelry run by her family in the Yorkshire countryside. Times are hard, and when their father dies Bella has to take on the role of mother to her baby brother. Her days are brightened by the occasional visit from Jamie Lucan - the 18-year-old son of a wealthy landowner in a neighbouring village. When her mother announces that she wants to move the family to Hull, Bella is forced to leave the only home she has ever known. They arrive to find that the public house they are now committed to buying is dilapidated. Could things get any worse? Or could this move turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Bella?