Based on true events and a serialized newspaper edition of the same name Formulated and adapted by Phillip B. Cole of Woonsocket Rhode Island copyright 2005 Narrator describes how the British expelled the French from Nova Scotia leaving only Native Americans. The Battle of Quebec eliminated a French military presence in North America (10 minutes during opening credits of biggest budget version). 2 Englishmen decide the best way to repopulate Nova Scotia is to bribe New Englanders. A messenger runs through the streets of Eastham (Massachusetts Bay Colony) announcing the offer. The Nickersons, Smiths and other families discuss the options. Archelaus decides to take the offer, having spent much time there on fishing expeditions. Archelaus sails on a new fishing trip. His dad Stephen Smith teaches his daughter- in- law Elizabeth to write. Archelaus and his fellow fishermen build the cabin and storage shed. Heartsick, Elizabeth talks to her children about joining her husband in the fall instead of waiting til spring. Archelaus meets a captain planning a winter fishing trip and signs up. Elizabeth and her 4 small children ride a shallop with a Captain Smith to Nova Scotia. They find the cabin empty, but assuming Archelaus will soon return, decide to stay. He fishes, unaware. The children play in the first snows. She fishes. She hunts for the first time. She has a tense segment with a bear. The bear leaves but depleted the food supply. She writes in her journal about developments. Archelaus and his men get stuck in a frozen port. On a stormy night she hears a noise, expecting a bear but finds a wounded native. She nurses him to health. He shows her how to trap and kill the bear. Archelaus copes with severe cold and fever, confident at least the family is safe. The children get sick. One of the kids, with a severe fever, wanders out of the cabin, falls into a frozen puddle. The ice helps break the fever. She uses the ice to revive the other 3. The native returns, begging her to help a sick native. The others plan to kill her if she fails. She prays and applies the ice. The native revives and they have a party. Archelaus breaks free from the frozen port. One more severe cold spell nearly freezes them. Out of wood, she burns her journal. Archelaus returns just as the first flowers of spring appear.