With their father away at war, the March sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy come to terms with their new life alongside their mother, Marmee. The girls also make friends with Laurie, the new boy next door.
Mr. March falls ill, and Marmee goes to Washington to care for him. Jo receives a surprise at Christmas. Laurie tries to tell Jo how he feels, and John Brooke proposes to Meg. Amy gets the chance to travel to Europe, and Jo moves to New York to pursue her writing, but Beth’s health is failing, and the family must face their most difficult challenge yet.