Nine-year-old Tacey Vye can see nothing wrong with being an orphan. Not when she has the nicest grandmother in the world to live with and a comfortable old Connecticut house in which she and her many pets are utterly welcome. But when Tacey's grandmother becomes ill and she is deposited in the stiff, formal apartment of her socialite aunt, Tacey suddenly feels for all the world like a renegade orphan, and she busily plots to run away. She will walk home the many miles to her grandmother. This Tacey does, her companion, a little boy who is seeking sanctuary for his pet, whom the dog catcher has threatened to apprehend. The two children have many adventures an route, including a happy encounter with a summer stock company, until ravenous and tired, they safely reach their destination. Tacey and her friend are thoroughly sympathetic children, not too good, not too bad. The predicament of the book sustains its effectiveness and is given a bright new complexion in its contemporary Connecticut context.