Jim meets Ántonia and the two become friends; the Shimerdas manage until a tough winter leaves them out in the cold, and Mr. Shimerda commits suicide.
Jim moves to town. Ántonia, Tiny, and Lena become the center of the social scene. We get lots of drama and lots of sexual tension.
Jim goes off to college. He and Lena date for a while before he leaves her to study at Harvard. He visits Ántonia and we learn what's happened to her in the meantime. Jim then goes away for twenty years and returns to see Ántonia again.