Marty is a 19 year old pioneer woman. Recently married, she goes west with her husband Clem, hoping to start a new life. They travel in their wagon, eating mostly pancakes since that's the only dish Marty knows how to cook, but they are happy. But Clem unexpectedly dies, and Marty finds herself along, two months pregnant, with no money to go home.
Clark Davis, a man Marty barely knows, also a widower, offers her a marriage of convenience: she needs food and money, and he needs someone to take care of his baby daughter Missie. Marty is not at all interested in Clark, she is still grieving over the loss of her husband, but her situation is desperate. She accepts his proposal. Clark only asks her to stay until spring, when he promises to pay her way back home, so Marty begins by viewing this marriage as a temporary thing, with the attitude of doing her time and then leaving. However, she tries to be a good wife. She learns cooking and housekeeping, she grows to love Missie. Clark is trying to be a good husband as well. Before they know it, the marriage actually begins to work.
This report prepared by Laura Southcombe