Olivia's (Mag Ruffman) simple wedding plans get out of hand as Hetty (Jackie Burroughs) takes over and manages to alienate everyone in the family including Sara (Sarah Polley). Felix's (Zachary Bennett) humorous attempt at making money turns tragic as his horse, Blackie, dies in an accident. Avonlea hires an effervescent and charming new schoolteacher (Christopher Lloyd), whose unorthodox approach to teaching, inspires the children, but leaves the parents suspicious. Sara trades places with Jo Pitts, a street-smart waif who passes as Sara's double. However, as Sara leaves PEI for adventure, she only finds danger and mystery alongside Gus Pike (Michael Mahonen); while Felicity (Gema Zamprogna) lies about her family background in order to gain admission into a prestigious ladies college. On a sad note, this volume ends with the death of one of Avonlea's most beloved townsfolk, Marilla Cuthbert (Colleen Dewhurst).