Anne may be all grown up, but she still has a knack for finding trouble, and her misadventures follow her to Kingsport where she learns that the town aristocrats, The Pringles, are completely opposed to her. On the first day of school, she manages to insult the school principle, Miss Brooke; she mistakenly orders a bag of firecrackers thrown into the fire; and attempts a bicycle rescue by crashing through the roof of a locked tool shed. Her students, most of them Pringle girls, make every effort to disrupt Anne's classes. Anne, however, perseveres and finds an ally in one of her students Emmeline Harris. Anne becomes intrinsically involved with the entire Harris clan including Emmeline's invalid grandmother Mrs. Harris, and with her handsome widowed father Morgan Harris. Through the course of the school year Anne succeeds in winning over the Kingsport establishments as well as gaining the respect of her students and the friendship of Miss Brooke. Homesick for Green gables and Marilla, Anne returns to Prince Edward Island when summer arrives. Gilbert Blythe has also returned; but has scarlet fever and is deathly ill. Gilbert's sudden illness forces Anne to re-evaluate her true feelings for him. Over the summer, Gilbert slowly recovers from his illness. He comes to Anne once more and this time she accepts him as her own and gives her heart completely.