Abigail finalizes a deal with Ray Wyatt to bring the railroad to Hope Valley and new families flock to the town with the promise of work. When word reaches the town that a notorious gang is at large and may be heading their way, Jack and Bill enlist Frank's counsel in thwarting their plan to rob the incoming stage carrying the railroad's payroll. Elizabeth takes a strong interest in new student Philip Cantrell, whose single father Shane is working overtime at the mill and has little time left over for his son. Elizabeth plans a carnival to raise much-needed money for supplies the school needs to accommodate the new students and the entire town turns out in support. Rosemary's new job at the café comes to an abrupt end but she quickly sets her sights on a new opportunity.