Betty Meeks likes nothing more than to hide from the world with her nose in a good book, but on the Trail that's a little harder than usual. No longer wanting to be a burden on her sister and her family, Betty begins taking her meals with a friend who cooks for the bachelors in camp. When one of the men asks her to walk after supper, she decides to do so, no matter how difficult her shyness makes it for her.
Dr. Malcolm Bentley is attracted to Betty as soon as he realizes she is part of the company going west with him. When she tells him how difficult having her along makes things for her sister, he immediately asks her to marry him.
When their wedding night is interrupted by a medical emergency, they take in a little girl who has been conditioned to believe she needs to earn her keep.
Will their marriage be the idyllic romance the two of them have in mind? Or will they just keep encountering hardships on the Trail?