The year is 1905 and eleven-year-old Willie Ketchum of Pen City couldn't ask for more than a pal like BB Folsom and a secret cave and fishing and ""tincan hunting"" and all. But Willie's world explodes when he learns that his family is moving to the Indian Territory. Dad, an oil man, is digging a new well out there and e wants the family with him. Willie's despair at the uprooting is soon replaced by excitement. He becomes water boy for the crew and lives through the birth, near death, and finally the spurting of Wilminettie Well. The view of oil people, the mechanics of the trade and the world of 1905 is seen through Willie's eyes. Any lively and mischievous young man today is sure to feel a kinship with his historical counterpart.