The Ingalls have been struck by scarlet fever and poor crops. There is no money, Mary has lost her eyesight, and their little boy did not make it out of infancy. This is where this book picks up. Pa is invited to help Aunt Docia and her husband with their inn for railroad workers in the new town of De Smet which is on the shores of the Silver Lake. With few prospects in Plum Creek, Pa agrees and the family again moves west. The end of the book sees them settled on a new homestead for what they hope will be the last time.
Again, these are wonderful tales of the pioneer spirit. Laura is fiesty but is settling down and stepping up to help take Mary's place as her mother's main helper. The family has been through so much and you can only hope each time that their luck will eventually turn around because despite everything, they keep a cheerful outlook, faith, and hope.
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