Ben sends Hoss and Joe to Sacremento to check on the widow of an old friend of Ben's. Hoss finds himself falling in love with the widow - Helen Layton and decides to bring her back to the Ponderosa. He intends to marry her, unaware of her true nature. When Adam returns, he informs both Ben and Joe about what really happened with her late husband. The three Cartwrights must decide how to break the news to Hoss without breaking his heart.