Courage, compassion, and hope are the themes of eight short stories. A six-year-old girl learns what a martyr is. A farm boy is changed by the Korean War. A son questions his father’s death on November 22, 1963. A teenager encounters Indigenous people in the 1850s. A man spends a weekend with his dying father. A young mother challenges her dad’s judgement. A family makes sports history. An impoverished boy returns something of value to a mother in mourning. These are stories about ordinary people who lived on the Northern Plains and faced hardship with dignity, humor, and selflessness. They did not allow themselves to become victims and they are much more than just survivors.