Four episodes of the classic television western drama, following the trials and tribulations of the Cartwright family on their Ponderosa ranch during the 1860s. In 'Feet of Clay' the Cartwights look after a young boy whose parents have died. In 'Bitter Water' the family have to deal with a neighbour who has started to hate them. In 'Dark Star' Little Joe (Michael Landon) falls in love with a gypsy girl who is being persecuted by the locals because they think she is a witch. Finally, in 'Silent Thunder', Little Joe teaches a deaf-mute girl sign language.