Reverend Adam Smallbone is an Anglican vicar who is newly promoted from a small rural parish to the 'socially disunited' St Saviour in the Marshes in East London. Unable to turn anyone away from his new appointment, Smallbone is faced with a collection of moral challenges as he balances the needs of genuine believers, people on the streets and drug addicts as well with the demands of social climbers using the church to get their children into the best schools. Adam has an impossibly difficult job being a good modern city vicar and his wife, Alex, does her best to support him, but sheís got her own career as a solicitor to worry about and she is no one's idea of a conventional vicarís wife. He is also supported by lay reader Nigel who believes he should be running the church. In immediate supervision is Archdeacon Robert putting pressure on Adam to increase the congregation and church income. Parishioners include Colin, a heavy drinking, unemployable lost soul who is Adamís most devoted parishioner and Adoha well known for her romantic intentions to the clergy.