Elizabeth Thatcher, a young teacher accustomed to her high society life,
receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coal mining town where life is simple, but often fraught with challenges.
Abigail Stanton is a wife and mother whose husband, the foreman of the mine, along with a dozen other miners, has just been killed in an explosion. The newly widowed women find their faith is tested when they must go to work in the mines to keep a roof over their heads.
Set against the wild canvas of an early 20th century coal town, Elizabeth will have to learn the ways of the frontier if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own.