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Prater Beaseley is a wandering minstrel and teller of tall tales who travels with an invisible bear. Prater and his invisible bear try to help a crippled boy learn self-reliance.
Israel accidentally startles a passing peddler's horse and his goods are ruined. Daniel agrees to compensate Seth Jannings for his loss, but matters are complicated when Jannings steals a sacred mourning doll from the wife of a Native American chief and plans to hold it for ransom. Knowing that this could lead to major hostilities with the Native Americans, Daniel puts his own neck on the line to retrieve the doll from Jannings.moreless
A Creek tribesman and his pregnant Tuscarora wife arrive outside the settlement seeking shelter inside the fort from a raging blizzard but some of the settlers are wary of giving it to them.
Tom and Martha Jimson adopt a young Tuscarora Native American boy named Little Bear at the request of his deceased mother, but his renegade father is determined to reclaim him. Daniel and Mingo lend a hand in the matter.