A young novel has its simple dimensions set in Michigan territory in the days just prior to its entry into the Union and portrays the fortunes of the Rogers family as each member plays his part in the fight for statehood and personal happiness. To 17 year old Anne's distress, her father, a tradesman, and a widower, has recently married again a pretty Boston girl, Polly. The marriage was further complicated by objections from Polly's own family and so there is a standard set of resentments against her, from both sides. Anne's however, are sublimated in the zealous work she does for Michigan's Governor Mason. The Rogers settle near Detroit where Anne prepares for a teaching position. Events move to cause her father's death, Polly's triumph over her own family on inheritance matters, and the new political status with its promise of economic betterment. The upshot is a new solidarity that comes to both women as they find emotional understanding. Exemplary.