On their way back to Walnut Grove, the Ingalls get caught in a blizzard. Once finding shelter, Charles goes out hunting and loses his way. He is fortunate to receive help from an Indian to find their way back to where Caroline and the girls are. However, upon arriving, a Marshall is there and is out to arrest the Indian. Owing the Indian his life, Charles helps him escape, but in doing so, the Indian gets shot by the Marshall and dies.