Anton Rodgers stars as middle aged solicitor Alec Callender - a partner in Semple, Callender and Henty - who pines for Perry Mason style cases, however, seldom is faced with anything more taxing than a simple house conveyancing.
Through his work Alec meets Zoe Angell, played by Eve Matheson, a 26 year old PE teacher befuddled by her impending divorce, although neither is looking for romance there is an unmistakable spark and soon they embark on the rocky road of a 'spring and autumn' romance.
Zoe wants to go back to work, but Alec doesn't want her to do that. Vera is burning through secretaries even though she is overworked. Simone is volunteered to help and causes chaos. A young Scotswoman comes by the office and wins Vera over.
Alec and Zoe are looking for a nanny for Fleur. Rosie is still getting used to 'Big City' ways, but working farm hours. Dot has an admirer.
Vera takes the plunge and gives the new secretary a helping hand with her disastrous love life. Meanwhile, Jamie has a crisis of conscience and begins to think about giving up the practice of law.
Dot leaves Zoe and Debbie's father and ends up staying with Zoe and Alec. Simone has an accident that has potential lawsuit ideas in her mind. Dot starts driving Zoe crazy by taking over the household. Debbie has been dealing with their father. Jaimie handles Simone's case. Zoe asks Alec to speak with her father. Meanwhile, Vera tries to protect Rosie from an unscrupulous modeling school.
Alec hires an au pair when he thinks Zoe is overdoing things. This causes bad reactions from everyone but Alec.
Vera starts to grumble that she's not receiving enough attention, and she isn't the only one feeling left out. Alec is also having a crisis of confidence, sure that Zoe intends to abandon him for a younger, fitter man.