As arable farmland grows scarce, the United States opens up former sections of Indian Territory for homesteading. Those who want to claim land must make a run for it. Rose Calloway feels guilty about living off her sister’s, meager schoolmarm’s wages. She responded to a matrimonial advertisement and sees a promising future with Joshua Kent. Joshua Kent, landless and working as a farrier, sees promise in the land run planned for the Cherokee Outlet in Oklahoma Territory. He knows, once he claims his land, he will need a wife and soon decides he wishes to marry Rose. However, once he realizes there are more applicants than available land, he warns Rose he can only marry if he successfully claims his own homestead. Rose is homeless unless she marries or goes with her sister, who is joining the land run. Rose holds a land run certificate in one hand and the final letter from Joshua Kent in the other. Her dream is to marry Joshua, not own land. What will she do now?