When solo obstetrician Joshua Barron suffers a heart attack, he is forced to confront his biggest fear: taking on a partner. Sharing a medical practice is easy task for Dr. Barron, whose driven attitude and possessive patient-care ideals are difficult to match. Joshua's rural New Hampshire world is thrown a curve with the entrance of Alex Faber, an attractive young OB/GYN from New York City, whose spunk, passion and intellect shake loose some disturbances in the small town's typically quiet landscape. Join Joshua and Alex for a year in Breedville, where, as the seasons change, so does the drama. Personal issues become public, and the past begins to creep into the town's bucolic present. Tensions extend to Breed General Hospital, where complex situations ranging from infertility and cancer to medical malpractice unfold, often in front of the entire community. In the field of obstetrics and gynecology, the complexities of life are deeply felt. This couldn't be more true than for Joshua Barron and Alex Faber as they struggle through the year 1988-- the year they join together in Private Practice.