When both of their parents die, Angela and Thomas Peterson are left to take care of the family farm and of their three young brothers and sisters, Derek, Louise, and Sara. Thomas is sixteen, and Angela is fourteen when that happens. They take the challenge and work as hard as they can, Thomas tending the fields and Angela taking care of household chores and the children. With the help of some friends and neighbors, they manage well enough.
Three years have passed; Angela is now seventeen. She has learned to do the duties of the mother of the house so well that keeping the house clean and the children fed & dressed & healthy is no longer a problem for her, but she worries about not being able to provide what her family need emotionally. Will she be able to teach them all the important things their mother would have? Will she raise them to be the people her parents would want them to become? Also, Angela worries about the future. She sees that Thomas is having a relationship; what is going to happen to the family if he decides to get married? And what about herself? She now has suitors as well. Thane, a long-time friend of the family, is now interested in her in a new way. Carter, a wealthy neighbor, starts courting her as well. Angela longs for a mother's guidance. She feels attracted to Carter, but how can she even think about getting married with all the responsibilities she has?
This report prepared by Laura Southcombe