In the home of the Silo’s, Ma and Pa talk about the sudden request for help. His brother, Jed Silo, who he hasn’t seen in 20 years wants Pa to come to the Mississippi River. Joe finds the place on the map, and ma sees to the packing of the suit case for her hubby.
The separation from Ma gets Pa into a sentimental mood. What about the farm? Who’s going to take care of all the planting, and other work? All his friends rally to his aid to get things cared for.
With farm chores covered, Ma has second thoughts. She wants to go along on the trip too.