Mary and her family were attacked by Indians at their home in Lancaster. They took her and her daughter captive and massacred the rest of her family. Her children were shot as they tried to escape the house.
After she is taken captive Mary loses everything. The only thing she has left is her six year old daughter who is badly wounded. After the raid the Indians celebrate their victory.
After the raid the Indians take Mary and her daughter into the wilderness. At one point she collapses into the snow with her child and is miserable.
After many days of suffering Mary's child finally dies one night. Her child survives nine days in captivity before dying of her wounds. After her daughter dies Mary lays with her body all night.
Mary is then sent to see her master's wigwam. When she returns she discovers that the Indians buried her daughter on a hill in the wilderness.