Sara faces a crisis of conscience when the people of the town vent their pent-up rage over years of conflict with the Indians on a 10-year-old, half-Indian girl who wants to attend Sara's school.
Sara needs all her tact and understanding to help a bright, but introverted, student from the East adjust to his new surroundings, but his father's talent for making enemies threatens to make the task impossible.
An epidemic breaks out in the region and Sara must help to tend the sick people assisted by one her students.
Sara tries to attract two farm boys to her school and finds herself worrying about their mother, who is wasting away from years of desolation in an earthen house far from town.
When a young man, indentured to his harsh uncle, steals a horse to run away, Sara stands alone to save him from the gallows, under the code of the West.
Henry Darrow plays the colorful, romantic, opera-singing Italian who at first flirts with Sara, and then falls deeply in love with her. Reciprocating his feelings, she becomes personally involved and deeply affected by the dangerous nature of his work.
Sara falls for a newcomer, a handsome man with a charm that seduces her. Townsfolk fear this romance may prompt Sara to leave.
Sara (Brenda Vaccaro) helps an escapee from an insane asylum she believes is perfectly sane.
Sara is dismayed when one of her favorite students, a bright 13-year-old girl, announces that she is getting married.
Sara is kidnapped by a backwoods trapper (guest star Victor French) who takes the frightened teacher to his mountain hut for a purpose she had never imagined
While Sara is facing an onslaught of discouraging problems with her students, her living arrangements and the School Board, her brother arrives from Philadelphia to make an offer which tempts her to return East with him.
Following the death of an old prospector, Sara discovers that he has left her half of his "gold" mine, and his feisty, 14-year-old granddaughter.