Time Frame: Summer 1906-Winter 1906/1907
A conflict erupts between the King and Dale family. Olivia goes into labor and nearly loses her baby. Hetty takes a sabbatical from teaching and begins to write pulp romance novels. Clive Pettibone replaces Hetty as school teacher, but his militant methods of teaching becomes intolerable for the schoolboard committee. Gus Pike begins a heated rivalry with Arthur Pettibone over the right to court Felicity. An American Industrialist plans to purchase Avonlea and convert it into a town of the future. Hetty and Jasper arrange a motion picture presentation to show the town the importance of their community and to reject the proposed offer.
Jasper's obnoxiously wacky relatives arrive and instantly annoy the King family with their eccentric behavior. A conflict erupts between the Kings and the Dales over the name of the new Dale baby.
Hetty begins writing a pulp fiction romance and is infuriated when Olivia publishes it at the Chronicle. Clive Pettibone becomes the new school teacher, but his militant methods of teaching become too much for the town to tolerate.
Alec's childhood friend is killed during an offshore explosion, leaving behind his penniless wife, Evelyn. Alec attempts to help Evelyn, but his involvement with the widow causes the town to gossip and puts pressure on his family.
Sara decides that she wants to be a writer and seeks an interview with Gerald Young, an admirer of antiques. She soon discovers that Young has a dual identity and leads an eccentric life.