Charles brings a sullen Mary to Iowa so that she can study at a school for the blind. In Walnut Grove, financial crisis has come upon the town. The Ingalls and the Olesons and other families are preparing for the possibility that they will have to start a new life elsewhere.moreless
The Ingalls family faces new trials when business slows to a halt at the mill, and a visit with Mary to a specialist reveals devastating news.
A man sends his troubled son to Nels Oelson for the summer. Nels enlists the help of Charles Ingalls to get to the heart of the boy's behavior.
When Charles learns that he's inherited the estate of a wealthy uncle, the Ingalls family find themselves on the brink of a new way of life.
On the evening of their anniversary, Charles is stuck in the middle of nowhere with a broken wagon wheel. While Caroline and the girls wait at home--with a special celebration dinner all prepared--Caroline passes the time by reminiscing with her daughters about her youthful beginnings with Charles.
Reverend Alden offers Mary her first temporary teaching position in a small, rural community. Mary is unprepared for the mysterious gloom that hangs over the children, and the leading citizen who opposes education.
Charles and Jonathan leave Walnut Grove on a profitable business trip. Meanwhile, Laura develops a crush on a classmate.
An American Indian arrives in Walnut Grove with his tribe, seeking medical attention for his ailing father. Doc Baker provides his best treatment for the Chief, but when certain community members to refuse to let them stay in town temporarily, Charles proposes a secret plan with Doc Baker to keep the tribe safe.moreless
Nellie Oleson falls in love with a pig farmer, to the horror of her mother.
Laura is devastated to find her beloved dog dead in the barn. Charles brings home a stray named Bandit to curb his daughter's pain, but Laura refuses to bond with the new dog. Meanwhile, the Walnut Grove townspeople have mixed reactions to the idea of welcoming an eccentric new woman into their community.moreless