Her name is Grethen. She's a lost child. She is in someone's barn. She doesn't know whose. She's going to stay there until help comes. She needs a place to sleep. She'll sleep on the straw.
Her parents bro up. They were fighting constantly so she ran away from home. She hopes to find a new place to live.
She can hear the nanny goat. It smells like hay. Gretchen is Scandinavian. You can tell by those braids.
Gretchen falls asleep. The farmer finds her and covers her. He reports her to social services and Gretchen ends up in a foster home. The farmer eventually adopts her.