Stubborn young women are determined to survive their great challenges — despite the men who try to help. Suzanne must save the ranch. Blanche learns to captain a riverboat. Amanda pushes across the plains to Oregon. Deborah stands up to hostile enemies. Tildie must keep three children safe in the wilderness. Will these challenges be their undoing or the start of something wonderful?

With stories by Darlene Franklin, Peggy Darty, Sally Laity, Nancy Lavo, and Kathleen Paul.