Solomon Henry (played by Todd Bridges from Diff'rent Strokes') is a young black boy who seeks a better life for himself. He runs away from his mother and ends up in Mankato where he spies Charles Ingalls and his wagon and decides to hitch a ride to a new future.
Arriving in Walnut Grove, Solomon sees the kind of life that he seeks right in front of him, there for the taking. He soon finds himself involved in the local school and sees a far brighter future ahead of him. When he ends up staying with Charles and his family, he is even more determined than ever that he will have the future he wants.
This episode showed us all just how lucky we are to have what we have and also what can be achieved with a strong spirit and determination. The premise of the episode and the lessons learned were excellent, but I would have preferred a stronger script to showcase Solomon's story even more.