Teaching the children in a one-room schoolhouse on the Alaskan frontier in 1948 is not every educator’s dream. Then one day, Miss Agnes arrives and life is never the same for the community. Fred discovers that, unlike previous teachers, Miss Agnes doesn’t mind the smell of fish. Miss Agnes stokes the fire to warm the schoolhouse each morning, wears pants, and speaks with a strange accent. Miss Agnes packs away the old textbooks, hangs up the children’s brightly colored artwork, plays opera music, and brings stories to life.