|Chapter 4: Journey Across the Prairies
Narcissa Whitman, a Protestant missionary, writes of the everyday joys and struggles that emigrants face while traveling the Oregon Trail. Life is not the same on the prairies as it was at home in Prattsburg, New York.
|Chapter 5: Crossing the Rockies
As the Whitmans, Spaldings, and others cross the Rocky Mountains, they fear hostile natives and disease from swarms of nearly intolerable mosquitoes. Narcissa faces a dilemma common to many other travelers on the Oregon Trail--having to discard precious items brought from home.
|Chapter 6: Treacherous Blue Mountains
Realizing that their animals are nearing exhaustion, the Whitmans must quickly cross the Blue Mountains to buy supplies in Vancouver. They find this a treacherous journey, unsuitable for their wagons and barely endured by Narcissa.