Prater Beasley is a teller of tall tales, but Israel and a disabled friend decide to follow him to see the mythical bear he talks about. Beasley may be just what the disabled boy, caught between an overprotective mother and an overly macho father, really needs.
Israel is abducted and forced to live with a group of street urchins who work as pickpockets. With Daniel away on business, Rebecca and her uncle Brian have to find Israel and rescue the other children.
An elderly man, who has worn out his welcome in town with his tall tales, takes up residence with the Shawnee, who enjoy his stories immensely. However, they are more interested in his wagonload of rifle parts and have plans for their use.
Josh inherits a section of land and a slave to teach him how to farm. When two men show up in Boonesborough, one with a reputation as a fighter, Josh, who has no interest in farming, sets up a bout between the man and Jonah, who fought for Josh's uncle at one time, and risks his land. When Jonah refuses to fight, Josh must take his place and try to win the bet.
Boone has orders from the Army to blow up bridges along the western frontier to prevent a British attack. When he reaches the last bridge he is blocked by a farmer who must keep it open in order to transport his autumn harvest.
To help out Jimmy McGill, a penniless young man swindled in a land deal, Daniel offers him a piece of land to be paid for over time. When Amos Brown's daughter Charity, betrothed to another, is attracted to Jimmy, Brown forbids her to see him and moves up her wedding to a local man. To claim Charity before she weds the other man, McGill decides to make a fortune overnight.
On their way back home Daniel and his family plan to stop at a fort for the night. When they arrive they find it has been destroyed by Indians with only a few survivors. The surviving soldiers seem to be hiding some kind of secret.
In a semi-comic episode, Prater Beasley is called back to Boonesborough to get rid of a ground squirrel problem. Unfortunately, his methods get him into trouble, as he gets accused of fraud and even witchcraft.
Daniel and friends Mason and Cully are on a mission to stop an alliance between the British and the Chickasaw and Choctaw. To do this they plan to blow up a gorge on the route the British are taking, but on their way their horses are stolen by a vagabond family of three. When they catch the trio they decide to take them along, though they're not sure they can trust the crafty patriarch of the clan.
A man believes he has purchased land in Shawnee territory, but Daniel is certain that the Shawnee did not have anything to do with selling the land. When they go to meet the chief to try to work something out, he says he will give the man the land if the tribe gets twenty rifles. When Daniel refuses this offer, he finds out that Israel has been taken hostage in exchange for the rifles. While being held Israel meets a crippled and bitter Shawnee youth.
Sgt. Malone is a hard drinking, pipe smoking veteran of the war. The Sgt. is also a woman, which puts her at odds with the town folk. Rebecca decides she needs a man and matches her with a peddler who once fought with the Hessians.
A young Cherokee boy is shot and is near death. Daniel Boone must find out who shot the boy in order to head off the angry Cherokee tribe from retaliating against everyone, killing many innocent people.
Visiting New Orleans to sell the furs they've trapped, Daniel and Josh become mixed up with a beautiful French jewel thief who is attempting to double-cross the rest of her gang. The gullible Josh falls for the scheming woman's charms, which allows her to hide the stolen bauble inside his guitar.
The British commander of Fort Detroit will turn over the fort's defense plan if the Americans will reunite him with his wife. Daniel and Cully escort her back to him but Daniel doubts the Colonel's willingness to be a traitor.
Josh and Gabe are captured by a Spanish officer who tells them another Spanish officer is secretly building a base from which he intends to invade the U.S. He asks them to infiltrate the fort and steal his plans to prevent another war.
Daniel and his family find themselves being continually terrorized by an old man and his sons. The old man blames Boone for the death of his wife and for leaving him crippled, even though Daniel has no memory of ever meeting him.
While trading furs Daniel acquires an indentured servant who was born in prison and has never been free. Daniel intends to release him from service but the young man has trouble adjusting to his new life.
When a trapper is murdered Josh is fingered as the killer. Daniel encourages him to surrender with the idea that the real killers will be easier to catch once he is in custody. But will Josh be hanged before they're caught?
While transporting a box filled with gold for the Continental army, Daniel is beset upon by thieves. Complicating matters is that Israel is taken hostage as protection from Daniel while they lug the gold over the mountains.
A woman long thought dead is discovered by Daniel living with the Chickasaw. Daniel tells her her husband is still alive and that she should come back. She does, but her husband has trouble accepting her Indian son.