What makes a house... a home? For Francesca Thayer, everything seems to be falling to pieces. Her beautiful, old house is full of leaks and in need of total restoration. Then her relationship with lawyer Todd collapses and he moves out. As the owner of a struggling art gallery, she can't possibly manage the mortgage alone, and so is forced to do something she never imagined she would: she advertises for lodgers. First arrives Eileen - a young schoolteacher who has just moved from LA. Then comes Chris, a newly-divorced father struggling with a difficult ex-wife and the challenges of parenting his seven-year-old son who visits every other weekend. Last to arrive is Marya - a famous cookery author who is hoping to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. And so Francesca finds that her house has become a whole new world. As these random strangers begin to bond, they find that the life they have been thrown into together has both highs and lows. Over their year together, the house at 44 Charles Street fills with laughter and hope. And Francesca discovers that she might be able to open her heart again after all.