Charles decides to bring Caroline and the children along for a springtime trip to Mankato, but on the way back, they must seek shelter from a vicious blizzard. They locate a deserted cabin that allows them to build a fire and get shelter, but problems ensue when Charles must go hunting to feed his family.
Today Mankato is a mid-sized city on the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Highway. The highway was first designated in 1995 as U.S. Route 14 from Lake Benton in southwest Minnesota to Mankato in the south-central part of the state. Laura Ingalls Wilder historian John E. Miller wrote a fascinating book called Looking for History on Highway 14.