Barry Laverty, can barely find the village of Ballybucklebo on a map when he first sets out to seek gainful employment there, but already he knows that there is nowhere he would rather live than in the emerald hills and glens of Northern Ireland. The proud owner of a spanking-new medical degree and little else in the way of worldy possessions, Barry jumps at the chance to secure a position as an assitant in a small rural practice. At least until he meets Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly. The older physician, whose motto is to never let the patients get the upper hand, has his own way of doing things. At first, Barry can't decide if the pugnacious O'Reilly is the biggest charlatan he has ever met or the best teacher he could ever hope for. Barry is quick to discover that he still has a lot to learn about the quirks and traditions of country life. But with pluck and compassion, and only the slightest touch of blarney, he will find out more about life -- and love -- than he ever imagined back in medical school.