fertile prairies of Dakota Territory have finally begun to yield the
bountiful harvests the pioneers have dreamed about since leaving their
homes in Norway. The tiny community of Blessing is beginning to expand
and thrive, its hardy citizens at last enjoying a measure of prosperity.
Martha MacCallister comes to Blessing from Missouri to visit her
brother. She volunteers to help at the schoolhouse and, with her gentle
southern charm, quickly wins the affection of all.
Solberg, rejecting the persistent efforts of matchmaking mothers,
develops a friendship with Mary Martha and discovers she shares his love
of books and children. But then the message arrives that she must
return home to care for her ailing mother. When she leaves, she says
she’ll write … Is this good-bye forever?