Abbie's father is full of tales & teachings, & Abbie doesn't know if she could survive without them, especially since Papa is living away from the family, working to raise money to buy their homestead. But Abbie can't ignore her dreams. Why can't her family live in a real house with a piano, instead of isolated in an old soddy on the Nebraska prairie? Why can't she go to school? And why can't she & her sister look forward to owning land someday, the way her brothers can? Papa says Abbie is irrepressible. Mamma tells her to stop dreaming & accept her lot. Abbie prays she can do as Mamma asks. And then, just when Abbie begins to think her wishes might come true, tragedy strikes at home-& she thinks it may be her fault. What good are Papa's stories & her dreams when lives hang in the balance?