In the early winter months of 1949, Nebraska and much of the West becomes paralyzed due to several piggybacking blizzards and record low temperatures. Walt and Bert and Dondi—along with Mickey and Bud and their two children Gail and Jimmy—sail directly into the middle of this rough sea, and spend four days holed-up in a farmhouse attic while Operation Haylift is in full swing on the other side of frosty windows.
On the morning of the fourth day, Walt and Bud free the Nash from a fresh snow drift, and decide the major arteries are clear enough to set out toward their Wyoming homes and waiting jobs.
They don’t make it very far before stopping again—this time they scare up a vacant tourist cabin in the center of Nebraska. With only one double bed between seven of them, the adults make due by situating a nest of blankets on the floor—but the kids? The three of them are relegated to a pile of covers in the porcelain bathtub, and it’s grand.