The Reverend has fallen in love with Miss Polly and is planning to ask her to marry him. This is good news for Jason until Clancey brings her son to Seattle. Stempel uses this to try and convince the people of Seattle that Polly is not a 'marriageable' woman. Also working against the Bolts is the fact that the boy does not want his mother to marry.
A professional gambler arrives in Seattle and the loggers are immediately seduced into the world of gambling. Aaron Stempel tries to use the town charter to stop the gambling so Jason counters by holding the games on Clancey's ship. What Jason doesn't know is that Stempel himself has invited them to Seattle in another attempt to break the Bolt Brothers. Calamity strikes when Clancey loses the ship in a poker game. The Bolts will have to bet high stakes in order to win it back.
Claude Dupre and his trappers are down from the mountains and desperate for some female companionship. They are attempting to break into the brides' dorm when they are met by the Bolt brothers and Aaron Stempel. Soon a huge brawl erupts between the two factions only to be stopped by the appearance of Sheriff Emmett Wade. He is a no nonsense law officer hired by Seattle to restore law and order. He assumes the job and his iron hand of justice comes down so hard that it's not order he's brought to Seattle but oppression. Jason and Aaron will have to work together to ...
A huckster comes to town with promises of controlling the rain and curing problems. The rain stops coincidentally, but the town starts to believe. Jeremy asks him to cure his hiccups. His hiccups are cured but not without disbelief.
Ben & Emily are expecting their baby to be born any day. When two little girls learn it is a Christmas baby, they fear the baby will have the same fate as Jesus who died at Easter. They steal the baby. The brides are homesick for family.
The Bolts and Stemple want a log flue built in a location that would help their own interests. They decide the way to settle it is to see who wins the hand of a bride. Lulu has kept one of Stemple's men and one of Jason's men dangling.
Jason falls for an Amish girl in a wagon train party that has stopped over in Seattle. He must commit to the peaceful, non-violent Amish way of life if he is to pursue her, but finds it difficult when an extortionist threatens to provoke a union strike and attacks him outright.
The government wants to build a road through Seattle to connect towns. Aaron complicates the issue by buying land that crosses the road and dormitory. The government agent says they need a mayor to settle the issue. An election ensues.
A former boyfriend of Lottie's comes to town and manages to sweet-talk everyone into selling him share of their business. The people realize he swindled them, and find a way to get their property back by out-conning him.
A Mormon man comes to Seattle with the intent of marrying several brides. Since the loggers know the brides will not marry him, they laugh at the idea. The brides decide to play along with the marriage idea, but things backfire.
Candy's grandfather visits Seattle to mine for gold. The mines have never proved valuable before but the grandfather says he has a dream. He is injured when the mine collapses. Candy & Jeremy salt the mine to give him hope when he recovers.
Jeremy and Joshua visit a nearby town with another logger. When Jeremy and Joshua are kidnapped, Corkie returns to camp to tell Jason. Jason, Stemple, and Clancey make plans to rescue the men. Candy and Biddie stow away on the ship to help.
One of the brides, Peggy, ran away from New Bedford after forging the papers. Her guardian, Uncle Jebediah, is on his way to Seattle. The only problem is, he won't let her stay there unless she is married, which is why she wrote home to him to tell him that she had married Joshua Bolt. The uncle sees this as an opportunity, and outsmarts Jason to lose the mountain!
The Bolt brothers have a chance to bid on a job in San Francisco. An inexperienced Jeremy goes to place the bid. He & Candy part on angry words. A new man in town tries to help Candy over her sadness, and the town wonders what will happen.
Two lawyers visit Seattle with plans to stir up legal issues, assessing fees to help the residents. This happens as Joshua has an idea for changing the family operations. The lawyers pit brother against brother, with Stemple on the side.
When Jeremy is in Tacoma picking up supplies, he saves a Chinese woman who is in town to meet her arranged spouse. Since Jeremy saves her, she says she now belongs to Jeremy instead of the intended husband.