When 86-year-old Hennie Comfort pauses in reading a letter from her daughter urging Hennie to come live with her in Iowa, and gazes out the window of her solid log house, she sees a young woman covered in snow and staring at Hennie's "Prayers for Sale" sign. Hennie greets the stranger, who offers to pay for a prayer. Of course, Hennie offers the prayer --- a heart-tugging appeal related to a baby --- for free.
This incident marks the beginning of an evolving friendship between Hennie and Nit Spindle. Nit is a 17-year-old newlywed who has moved with her husband Dick to the mining town of Middle Swan, Colorad