A widowed mother named Julia Sanderson learns she has a terminal illness and has no close relatives to care for her three children, John Jr., Carl, and Alicia. Charles promises Mrs. Sanderson the children will find a new home. Meanwhile, the relationship between Mr. Edwards and Grace Snider begins to really blossom.
Michael Landon (Charles ‘Pa' Ingalls) wrote the poem "Remember Me" that is read at Julia's funeral. Melissa Gilbert went on to read this poem at Landon's funeral years later.