Young Lady Adaline's days fluctuate between tea parties in the rose garden at Ellwood Manor, and attending to wounded Union soldiers injured in the Civil War. When the town's hospital, plantation homes, and government buildings, overflow as makeshift hospitals, Adaline's mother, Lady Ellwood, offers Ellwood Manor as a convalescent home to recovering soldiers.
Adaline and her best friend, Maggie, tend to the men by cheering them with reading Charles Dickens stories and writing letters home for them. But when they realize most of the men will be spending Thanksgiving away from home, they offer to put on an Autumn Ball and Feast for the soldiers and local ladies. Love, heart-break, and good-will join hands in this heart-warming holiday story.