Meriel Evans has worked in her father's estate agency ever since she left school, and she is happy there. But she knows that the time has come for her to follow her own path, so she finds work with the Ace Estate Agency. She soon realises that the owner, George Dexter, and her father dislike each other intensely, though neither will explain why. When she discovers a house called Badgers Brook, she is determined to stay there even after she is unfairly dismissed from her new job. Then the bitter quarrel between Dexter and her father results in a secret from the past being revealed, and the well-being of Meriel's family is threatened.