Introduced in 1993, Neddy and Sophie Spencer have become important for a couple of reasons. First, they add a youthful dimension to a feature dominated by adult characters - Neddy is the beautiful, volatile young woman, and Sophie is the sensitive and sensible teenager. Secondly, their high-spirited characters allow Sam and Abbey to become closer and more realistic as people. Both girls were homeless when they were discovered several years ago living with their grandfather on Abbey Spencer's rambling estate. Their grandfather, Ezra, was a tough old goat and tried his best to provide for his granddaughters despite losing everything. When Abbey and Sam found Ezra and the girls living beside a wooded creek on a remote section of her property, Abbey decided to take them in. She gave Ezra a job and provided them a place to live until they could find a suitable house. But one day while working in the barn Ezra had a heart attack and died, leaving the girls alone and destitute. Abbey stepped in and offered the girls a place to live. It was not an easy transition for anyone. After a period of emotional turmoil, Abbey and the girls began to bond. Neddy, as the rebellious teen-ager, was always at odds with Abbey. In time, Abbey's warmth and sincerity won the girls over and she decided to adopt them. In the meantime, Sam discovered Neddy and Sophie were rich in their own right. A rich uncle, Ezra's estranged brother, had left them both sizable fortunes. Neddy is a talented artist with a promising future.