Briar Run, Kentucky, is where Annie Emerson grew up, where her grandmother Ida raised her. Annie, now a social worker in L.A., left years ago but returns home when Ida's health fails. She's devastated to lose her - and shocked to discover how badly the town has deteriorated. But she's inherited some money and uses it to help rescue Briar Run.
Police chief Sky Cordova is dealing with an overabundance of crime, severe budget cuts and a battle over the custody of his five-year-old son, Zack. The last thing he needs is a woman with a cause stirring up trouble. Despite that, he's captivated by Annie and her passion to revitalize her neighbourhood. He's not the only one, since Zack falls for Annie, too. Sky starts to realize that her way of bringing the town back to life - one house at a time - might work.
Just as she's brought his heart back to life, one smile at a time