Meg’s life is different now, and she lives on the prairie, not in the city. But will she ever be happy there?

And there are other things to worry about, like the Ruffians, men who want the Kansas Territory to enter the Union as a slave state. If that happens, it could tip the balance in favor of slavery all over the country. That would be a disaster. Meg wishes her father would get home soon, so she could talk to him about it. Armed Ruffians are hiding everywhere, and several buildings in town have been burned. Then Meg’s uncle decides to join the Free-State Militia, and fight against slavery. The women and children are left alone. And even though Meg loves her family, she misses St. Louis and she hates Kansas. She’s a city girl, not a prairie girl, and she’s not sure she can ever change.