George is worried about the future of the local paper when it's about to be purchased by a national chain. He impulsively uses his life savings to buy it himself without consulting his family. He must deal with a variety of primarily negative reactions.
Paul falls hard for Jane Huston, a beautiful slightly older woman who's visiting the area. As she prepares to return to New York City Paul believes he's found true love and is determined to go with her despite his parents being against it.
Grandpa Aldon has fallen in love and has become engaged, surprising his family. He plans on moving his bride into the family home which George is against. The son must consider the reasons for his opposition.
Paul is injured while playing football. He is told by his doctor that he needs time to heal. But there's a big game coming up and he is told if he plays and if he's injured, it could aggravate it. George tells him he can't but Paul doesn't feel it's his decision.
George loves being an architect and is excited that Paul has indicated of becoming one also. But now that he's older Paul realizes he has other interests but is afraid of hurting his father if he tells him.
George believes his children are accustomed to relying on modern conveniences and is concerned about their future. He decides on a wilderness outing to teach them self reliance but finds everything that can go wrong will.