In the late 1860's, the United States is just recovering from the bloody Civil War. Yet, life goes on in New England, where the four March sisters are growing up and discovering who they truly are. The narrative bounces between their times as small children and when they grow up and begin to leave their homes, breaking free from the shackles of their families and coming into their own identities. The four face heartbreak, sadness, love, and joy together in a world that's rapidly changing around them. They have to help each other change with it, or risk being left behind.