It's been nearly two years since Cuckoo's disappearance and life in the Thompson family house is only now getting back to normal. Ken and Lorna are looking forward to a life without the children under their feet. Dylan. Cuckoo's absence is still felt though not least by his young widow, Rachel. The sudden arrival of mysterious stranger Dale manages to mess up life in the Thompson household once again.
Dale is determined discover his own path in life and alights on Cuckoo's potato van in an effort to follow in his father's footsteps. Rachel is still with boring boyfriend Ben. Dylan decides to take advantage of Ken being away on a university reunion as he males plans a party where he intends to finally seduce Zoe.
The Senior Partner where Ken works is retiring and he is hopeful that he is in line for promotion. Ben has an idea to try and spice things up with Rachel after she informs him that he needs to be more spontaneous.
The Thompson and Clare families abandon their neighbourhood watch scheme and take matters into their own hands, after a car is stolen and another house is visited by a night-time intruder. Rachel has a decision to make. Ben finds his dream house.