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Around the turn of the century in the small town of Grovers Corners, folks were never afraid to leave their doors unlocked. Doc Gibbs, his wife Julie, son George and daughter Rebecca live next door to Charlie Webb, his wife and daughter Emily and son Wally. While Julie confides Mrs. Webb about the trip she dreams of taking with her husband, George confides in Emily about his dream of becoming a farmer and Emily worries about attracting a man. Two years later, at the town soda fountain, George begins his courtship of Emily, and in one year, after high school commencement, the couple's wedding day arrives. On the morning of the wedding, a nervous George pays a visit to his prospective father-in-law for advice, and later, as they march down the aisle, the participants are visited by second thoughts as they all begin new phases in their lives. Nine years pass, and Julie now rests in the town cemetery. Emily, expecting her second child, is very ill, and as she drifts into death, she sees her mother-in-law and all the others that have passed on. Trying to recall her life, Emily remembers the day of her sixteenth birthday, but the memories of past happiness prove too painful for her and she returns to the living to give birth to her baby.