In small-town Wisconsin, 7-year-old Selma and 5-year-old Arnold pal around together between their families' farms. Selma's father gave her a newborn calf she named 'Elizabeth.' Nels is the editor of the Fuller Junction Spectator; the kids just call him 'Editor.' Viola is the new schoolteacher from the big city. Nels wants to marry Viola, but she doesn't want to live in a quiet, nothing-happening small town. The biggest news is that Faraassen has built a new barn.