Ellen Tyson’s idyllic village life is derailed when Annabelle moves in. Annabelle is her husband Alex’s teenage daughter from his first marriage. Seventeen years old, surly and defiant, Annabelle has no interest in being part of her father’s second family. When a death certificate from the 1870s, hidden beneath the floorboards of their attic, is discovered during a renovation, Ellen tries to use it as a way to get closer to Annabelle. But as both women learn about Sarah Mills who died in 1872, they find the past reflected in their own lives in strange and startling ways. A dual narrative between present and the 1860s, The Second Bride is a powerful and moving drama that narrates the difficulties and joys of blending families.