In a small Connecticut town in the early 1800s, seventeen-year-old Emily Goodman feels little happiness. Her mother is cruel to her, and soon her married older sister, Elizabeth, will move to the New York frontier with her husband David and his family. Not only does Emily feel sadness that her sister will leave, but also because David's younger brother Jonathan will be moving as well. Emily has feelings for Jonathan, but if he leaves she will never learn if he could love her. When Elizabeth becomes pregnant, she and David decide to stay behind another year, for the baby to be born and grow a bit before moving to the frontier. To help her sister with the baby, Emily comes along when Elizabeth and David finally move to New York the next year. Emily is very excited to see Jonathan again, and is thrilled when she finds he loves her. They make plans to marry, but Emily feels she must seek her father's approval, and when no word comes, she wonders if they will ever truly be together.
This report prepared by Rebecca Herman