Struggle for survival
The old Indian in Harthorn's store warned that the coming winter would have seven months of blizzards. The first one strikes in October, and the town of De Smet is soon snowed under. Laura and her family move to town to weather out the winter, but once the trains stop running, the food supply dwindles. When Almanzo Wilder volunteers to go search for wheat, the townspeople anxiously hope that he will succeed.