Over five years have passed since the Pierce family moved into the Texas Panhandle. They have learned to overcome, and even to love the oddities the land presents with its weather and unusual neighbors. 15-year-old Katie, gentle and artistic, is eager to return to East Texas to be schooled in all the finer things that this pioneer country lacks. Then an accident to Grandmother reverses everything! Katie, to her own surprise, finds herself volunteering to stay home to feed and care for Papa, the boys and Carolyn on the farm, while Mama makes an eastward journey to care for her mother. During the next few months, timid Katie encounters one distressful situation after another, from humiliating cooking disasters, to tough boys at school, to a battle with a blizzard. Despite fears and setbacks, she resolves to do whatever is needed. As Katie's confidence grows, so does her interaction with family and new and old friends deepen-all against the picturesque backdrop of homesteading life in the Texas Panhandle during the late 1800's.
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