For readers who liked the hominess of Hoosier Heritage (1953) Geneva Summer (1952) etc., here is another period piece with warmth and sentiment drawn out to a degree that should satisfy the most simple hearted. It begins in Marion, Indiana, in 1907 where the Bakers, a family of five, are faced with a two-sided problem of Mr. Baker's tendency to change jobs and keep the family income steady, and his illness that needs the warm, dry air of New Mexico. Kate, their daughter, is seventeen and it is decided that she will go with her father to relatives in Roswell. That, however, lasts only until Mr. Baker goes to the nearby town of Artesia and buys part ownership in a grocery. Worried Kate follows him there and as one thing leads to another they have their share of good and bad luck- Mr. Baker's partner absconds with funds, but there are new friends, some monetary success for Mr. Baker as a writer, and, before he dies, a good future for Kate with college in store. A gentle, feminine story.