An epic story of the opening up of the Canadian West from 1907, through the drought and depression of the thirties, and the saga of a Montréal family which stakes its future on the Prairies. In 1907, when Saskatchewan was almost empty, Daniel Greer, a clerk from Montréal, arrives with Liza, his wife, and their two sons. They have come to homestead. A bee is organized by neighbours to build them a sod hut. Faced with such spartan conditions, tension develops between Daniel and Liza who wants to return east. Still attired in bowler hat and city vest, Daniel ploughs his first furrow.