All alone on the Kansas prairie, Summer Steadman has few options. With
her husband and children lost to illness, she has no desire to continue
on farther west to where she and her husband planned to build their
future. Instead, she seeks employment in a small Mennonite community in
order to be near the graves of her family.

Widower Peter
Ollenburger, the local gristmill owner, needs someone to teach his young
son. When he hears of a “learned woman” in town, he believes she is the
answer to his prayers. He soon discovers, however, that helping this
outsider may have troublesome consequences.

There is little this
father will not do for his son, but as the boy begins to look at Summer
as more than a teacher, Peter must make a choice. Does he marry this
woman to give his son a new mother, or does he marry only for love?