Sixteen year old Julie follows the now well-trod path (Kirsti, Blade of Grass, etc.) to pioneer Idaho at the turn of the century. This author's favorite motif is still sturdy, however, as she manages to make the sweat-of-the-brow aspects of hewing out a place to live in the middle of the sagebrush desert seem more vital than the injun and varmint traumas featured in so many stories of western pioneering. Julie, considered a tomboy by her sedate, decorous grandmother, accompanied her father to Twin Falls to help set up a suitable homestead for the family: her mother (very feminine but practical); her sister Dalia (feminine and frivolous); and her brother Scott (a mischievous little boy, who readjusts easily). Julie out-copes everyone and, on the side, snares a couple of beaux. The setting and the characters are quite well drawn and make the most of a popular formula.