Seventeen, just sacked from her snack shop job, and without much sense of direction, British Kate finds herself pregnant and knows without knowing why that she wants to keep the baby. The timing is bad. Kate's actress mother is about to remarry and move in with her husband-to-be; and Kate's boyfriend Laurie, a self-centered graphic artist, wants to marry her but is presently burdened with an estranged wife who has returned to him to die of leukemia. So Mum ships Kate off to hard-working, word-sparing old Aunt Beth in the country. There her dispossessed feeling gradually abates as she takes on some of the farm chores; and what with the hens and the lambs and the ducklings and the doughty but aging Beth, Laurie's artificial letters from town seem less and less relevant. On the farm, Kate also has time to do some naive but impressive drawings that promise a future pastime/career--and time to grow fond of kind, feet-on-the-ground Alec, a young neighbor who drives her to her clinic appointments and proposes after the baby is born. ""You've got everything, haven't you!"" says Laurie resentfully of her drawings on his one visit; and indeed between the art and the accommodating Alee it does seem too much. But Kate fits so well on the farm, and the whole experience seen through her eyes seems so honest and natural, that readers won't object to her good fortune.