With another brutal winter approaching, and bears having killed two of the family's cattle, the Kilches are forced to pin all of their hopes of surviving the season on one last hunting trip.
The first storm of the winter is fast approaching and the entire homestead must rush to finish preparing for the next eight months. Otto and Eivin climb trees to gain enough firewood, while Atz Sr. races ahead of the storm to lead a herd of cattle across flooded glacial rivers.
The early winter storms leave the entire homestead unprepared. A desperate search for a newborn calf and its mother forces Charlotte and her youngest son into a night snowstorm, while Otto builds a shelter for his herd.