Trilliums et al. vs. oil in unspoiled--or, according to your point of view, underdeveloped--Northern Michigan. The protagonists are, unfortunately, an indomitable old lady and an awakening, family-ridden youth, and their alliance follows a familiar embattled course to a predictable outcome: a dry well on Mrs. Crawford's treasured land and a rigged opportunity for promising Wilson to go to college. Tangentially redemptive are old Mrs. Crawford's fear of becoming attached to someone new (""In India people her age slipped off into the countryside to live a solitary life"") and apt-pupil Wilson's discovery of geological evidence underfoot. But adult insights and enthusiasm for science do not alone make a satisfactory story for kids.