Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote nine Little House books about her childhood growing up on the western frontier, but there are two years she did not write about. These two years fall between On the Banks of Plum Creek and By the Shores of Silver Lake. This book attempts to fill that gap by sharing the events in Laura’s life during this time, trying to describe it with a similar style to her original books. It tells about the time her family spent in Iowa after grasshoppers ruin the family crops. The family leaves Plum Creek and moves to Burr Oak, Iowa where they experience small town life and help manage a hotel. It was during these years that Laura gained and then lost a brother and her mother became deathly ill.