After a long journey by train and then by covered wagon, the Bjorklunds finally arrive in Dakota Territory, where they settle on the banks of the Red River of the North. But the virgin prairie refuses to yield its treasure without a struggle. Will Roald and Ingeborg be strong enough to overcome the hardships of that first winter?
In the United States, the Red River is sometimes called the Red River of the North, to distinguish it from the that is a of the , and that forms part of the border between Texas and Oklahoma.
One of the world’s most fertile farming regions is the valley of the Red River of the North. The river forms at the junction of the Otter Tail and Bois de Sioux rivers near the twin cities of Breckenridge, Minn., and Wahpeton, N.D. It is 545 miles (877 kilometers) long and flows northward to empty into Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba. For 440 miles (710 kilometers), the river forms the boundary between North Dakota and Minnesota. It then enters Manitoba, flows through Winnipeg, and empties into the southern part of Lake Winnipeg. Its chief tributaries are the Assiniboine River in Manitoba, the Sheyenne River in North Dakota, and the Red Lake River in Minnesota.