Episodes in the life of Paris LaCroix, 12 years old and the daughter of an Indiana fur trapper near the Kankakee in Indiana, in 1862 have a homespun realism as they build up to a long anticipated event- the After-Harvest Festival. The book is diffuse and rambling as it describes the things that happen to Paris. It is the Civil War period; the La Croix house is a part time station on the underground railway and Paris' father also acts as a vigilante against renegade bandits. A Danish settlement nearby starts the first school in the district. There is an unhappy doctor from the East who cares for the La Croix family, and whose death brings an understanding to Paris. There is the festival at last and its attendant joy. Despite length, many of the characterizations are good.