Alain, a school teacher in Aurora, Texas, in 1849, has just inherited her father’s newspaper and is determined to make it an exciting success. When she hears that several townspeople have seen a strange flying machine inhabited by a tiny alien, she eagerly follows up on their stories. Lured into the local hills to search for the alien, two local girls are trapped inside a cavern by an avalanche. It is the alien who saves them, and in doing so, he wins the hearts of the citizens of Aurora. Gathering on the main street, they try to signal him back with the crystals he left behind. Finally, he comes to them in a confrontation that is both tragic and momentous.