Aaron Claridge dies while leading his pregnant wife Marty, an East coast teacher, on the wagon trail to the West. Destitute and unprotected, she accepts a marriage of convenience with widower Clark Davis to help raise his brat daughter Missie all winter, in spring he's prepared to pay for her return. Missie is hostile to 'mother substitute', but as the months pass Clark achieves a rapprochement.
Marriage was the deal. Love was the surprise.
Did You Know?
In the scene where Marty cuts the dress using a dress already made for Missy as her pattern, she cuts directly alongside the edge of the dress, not allowing extra for a seam. That would make the dress too small to fit Missy. See more
In one scene, Clark mentions "finding something in the icebox". Although the icebox was invented in 1840, it would not have been used by pioneers like them. The icebox relied on a regular delivery of ice to function. The iceman did not cometh. See more
The books. How did you know they were mind and not Aaron's?
Oh, well, a man would have thrown them off the wagon at the first big hill. Unless he was trying to please a stubborn woman.
Followed by Love's Abiding Joy