A stubborn farmer stuck in the past rules his farm and his family with an iron fist. But his unwillingness to move with the times almost causes him to lose everything in this 1940's dustbowl drama. As the story takes an unexpected turn, he is forced to relent and give in to his daughters' wishes to introduce new farming methods and join the local 4-H club. The film is an intriguing study of the country's values during the time. It also features a remarkable performance by an adolescent Natalie Wood as the youngest daughter.