Based on Catherine Marshall's novel of the same name, Christy: A New Beginning is the second episode of the two-part TV miniseries Christy: Return to Cutter Gap. Set in 1913, the story concentrates on feisty young schoolteacher Christy Huddleston (Lauren Lee Smith) -- a character based on author Marshall's own mother -- who attempts to bring literacy and enlightenment to the isolated North Carolina mountain community of Cutter Gap. As the community is buffeted and ravaged by the "storm of the century," Christy finds herself stranded in a remote hunter's cabin with the community's brilliant but unstable doctor Neil McNeill (Stewart Finley-McLennan). Already betrothed to Cutter Gap's troubled minister, Rev. David Grantland (John Waterston), Christy is shocked into irrationality when Dr. McNeill declares his love for her. Christy: A Change of Seasons first aired over the PAX Network on May 14, 2001, under the title Christy: Choices of the Heart, Part II.