The variables and constants in the little girl life of the youngest of the Wilson children in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, early in the century, make up a family story with enough starch to keep it perky and pleasant. Grandma and Grandpa Bacon lived with them; Daddy's financial affairs were often more down than up as tobacco ruled his life; mother taught elocution at home, Sister was the oldest, than came Brother, all ""Hell beatitude"", and Emma, tall of the kite, was forced to ""grow up hard"". Grandpa was a doctor and had a special touch with God; Grandma revelled in her ""nuvs"" and trying to rule the household; they were in danger from the lawless days of the ""Nightriders"" who terrorized those against the Association; their dog changed churches and their horse proved intractable; when the children were pushed into doing good, strange things happened. There were neighbors, the days that were ""crank-sided""; between the children there was ""blackmail and beatitude"", and when the move was made from the familiar Leavel place, there was first confusion and then acceptance. Tranquil to quietly tempestuous, this has an innocent brightness for its passport. Regional Americana.