Three years--1912, 1913, 1914--in the lives of teenagers Schatzie and Odile and their gemutlich German-Alsatian family in Toledo. These years are highlighted by their trip to the Grand Canyon and Hollywood (where the resourceful 15 year old Odile who has been bombarding the studios with scenario ideas gets admitted to Hollywood's inner sanctums), by their participation in such family events as the annual sausage making feast and the Sauerkraut Stomp, by Odile's ""modern"" parties and their older sister's engagement. But against this background of hearty eating, singing and continual matchmaking is the story of Odile's growing into maturity brought about by her meeting a charming young German student who is later reported missing at the Battle of the Marne. The war also brings to an end the feuding between the German and Alsatian halves of the family and a better understanding by the old-country elders of their Americanized children. In the vein of I Remember Mamma, this should please readers who enjoy sentimental, nostalgic fictional reminiscences and warm common sense accounts of the near past.