Dodge City school teacher Sarah Merkle is dedicated to improving the lives of her students. Unknown to Sarah, widower Carl Pruitt has fallen in love with the caring, hard working school teacher. On a school lunch one day Carl saves Sarah from an attack by a traveling salesman named Stokes. When Doc Adams examines Sarah after the incident, she learns to her horror that she is pregnant. Wondering why Sarah is so shaken after visiting Doc Adams, Carl recalls certain comments by Stokes after the attack. He figures it all adds up to Stokes getting Sarah pregnant. Late one night Carl confronts Stokes about the matter. During the confrontation an accident occurs resulting in Stokes' death. Marshal Dillon locks up Carl, who refuses to say why the accident occurred for fear of divulging Sarah's secret. The only person who can clear the matter up now is Sarah - and she's mortified of the possibility of her rape and pregnancy becoming public.
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Did You Know?
Charlotte Stewart, who portrayed school teacher Sarah Merkle, later had a recurring role on Little House on the Prairie also as the school teacher, Eva Beadle. Even the classroom used in this episode appears identical to the one used by Miss Beadle in LHOTP. See more