Orphaned by his mother's death during the summer preceding his eighth grade year, Bill Talbot leaves his Winnetka home to live with three of his father's sisters whom he barely knows. The story revolves around the attempt of the eldest and fairly strict spinster aunt to have herself named Bill's guardian and her refusal to permit the boy to keep his dog, which had barely survived the automobile accident in which Mrs. Talbot lost her life. Some good scenes of the adventures to be had along the California coast, from grunion gambols to surfing and albaore fishing, are included. The final court scene points up the family relationships and also gives some indication of the way courts may act to protect a inor. Bill hardly seems to fulfill the title for his ""rebellions"" are merely normal activities for a young boy and he accepts the requests and adjustments required by his new living arrangements quite well.