Sal discovers an old planning application to convert the barn in the field behind her house and, despite the fact that it is officially too late to object, she enlists the help of the Guild in an effort to stop the development. She enjoys their full support, until Rosie discovers from the developer that the barn will be occupied by none other than Charles Dance. How could the Guild stand in the way of such an illustrious neighbour?
Having had her hours cut back at son James' surgery, Sal is running unofficial sessions in her house for those patients too elderly to make it into town, but the comings and goings of various old men arouse the suspicions of Jock, the developer, and Sal finds herself at odds with the community - and very much at odds with Jock.
Meanwhile, Tash and Spike remain a firm fixture at Sal's, despite her present of a van to go travelling in, and James causes concern and ridicule in equal measure by letting slip his ambitions to become a local MP.