Cities scare Maggie McGilligan, so does change. But Welcome is Maggie's town, her own beloved small-town, USA, full of its unique, familiar cadence and beat of train whistles, harvesting and woodland creatures. Maggie realizes that some change is inevitable now that her widowed mother, Mara, is about to marry Bartholomew Britt, a rugged carpenter from the Yukon. When Mara and Bartholomew inform her that they might have to sell her home and refuge, Tara, the floor of Maggie's world begins to tilt. Mara and Bartholomew, while remodeling Tara, arrange for Maggie to stay with Bartholomew's sister, a well-known painter who lives in Paris! Not only that, his sister is a nun! A convent in Paris, France? New friends and mysterious happenings in both Welcome and Paris unfold for Maggie as she catches the rhythm of life happening. . .a long way from Welcome.