With Philippa gone to England to tend to her ailing mother, Major Yeate's problems multiply. A shifty entrepreneur brings moving pictures into Skebawn, creating havoc that the Major must subdue while fending off the unwanted advances of Miss Bobbie Bennett.
The Major's sister, Barbara, looks after him in Philippa's absence. Cousin Andrew also arrives to help and begins to fix everything in sight, including a crumbling chimney and a mysterious well. Cold water and strange spirits are unleased as Andrew's enthusiasm goes a bit too far.
Babs fondly reminisces about her old friend, Julian Chichester, who is coming to stay at Shreelane. But no sooner does Chichester arrive than he begins to scorn the Major's household, including a beloved canine. Flurry decides to teach Chichester a lesson, resulting in a disastrous sailing trip.
It's time for the hunt as the Major drives to meet with the Curranhilty Harriers in a noisy new motor car, suffering the disdain of the locals. The excursion doesn't quite go as planned, as the Major continuously finds himself in an awkward position with Miss Bennett.
As the Lisheen Races take hold of Skebawn, Sally strikes a deal to enter the competition, while Mrs. Cadogan discourages Peter from betting on the horses. The Major is surprised to learn that his job performance has been called into question by a visiting Dublin official.
The major receives an offer to become R.M. in a community closer to Dublin. Upon hearing of the offer, Mrs. Cadogan and the rest of the household think it's a joke. But unexpected frustrations cause the Major to resign.