This benign small story full of upstanding character building takes place in the 1920's when Anna Meyer (all of 28) is widowed with her five children. Her husband had asked an old friend, Bela Czek, to fulfill an earlier promise and marry her although Otto, not quite 12, wants to be the man in the family. Even harder to do since Mama, ignorant and dependent, hasn't even learned English. Bela Czek, now Bill Check, materializes, brings the family west to Idaho where he homesteads, and where Mama permits a peddler to steal all his money. But Mama is forced to grow up, and even, with Otto, redeems herself and Bill's hundred dollar bills in a small flurry of terminal activity. Whole wheat and small potatoes.