Moving back a few generations, Ruth Holberg writes of the Folly Cove-Cape Ann area of 1876 in a story about Becky Wheeler, fisherman's daughter, and her friendship with three Irish immigrant families. Overjoyed by the possibility of at last having a playmate her own age and sex, spirited Becky is then mystified when Nancy O'Connell, one of the new Irish quarry workers' daughters, is shy and retiring. But warmth and perseverance win out. Becky makes a companion of Nancy and a road is even open into the affections of crabby Aunt Tabitha, for years a village outcast, who helps still more to make Nancy's adjustment to America a happy one. A lively story, and with accent on preparations for the Centennial Year and the 4th of July, a study in patriotism as much as character.