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.
Clancey returns to Seattle with Candy's brother & sister, as well as an engagement ring Jeremy requested for Candy. When Candy learns her mother died and her siblings need to stay in Seattle, she tells Jeremy she cannot accept his proposal.
Clancey receives a visit from his brother Ned, a priest whom he has convinced that he owns most of the businesses in Seattle. More chaos follows when a band of thieves hear of Clancey's supposed wealth.
When the town folk hunt for an aggressive bear, Jeremy sees a bear and kills it. However, it was a trained, gentle bear, and the soldier that trained the bear wants revenge against Jeremy. Jeremy tries to find a way to repay the man.
An Indian family is murdered by trappers, leaving only a young son alive. The Bolt brothers befriend him, teaching him to speak English, learn how to fit into society, and then find him a home to live with his own tribe.
The town wants a railroad built through Seattle and plans to invite the governor into town to see the need for the railroad. To entice the governor, the town wants Jenny Lind to perform at a celebration, knowing the governor will attend.