The journey from Winoka to Walnut Grove is long and difficult but it is perhaps hardest on Mrs. Oleson who thinks that the African American woman who will be helping at the school is a member of a well-to-do society family. She is less than impressed when she learns otherwise and takes it out on Joe Kagan who resolutely refuses to allow her to annoy him, try though she might! Her racism is clear for all to see but she seems to be the only one who is bothered by it, along with torrential rain, raging rivers and other 'problems'.
Adam reveals that he is terrified of water but Mary is able to reassure him that all will be will. It is heartwarming and inspiring when everyone arrives at the new school and settles down for a permanent stay.