Seventeen-year old Hannah-Jo Hanson pouts a bit at the thought of moving from her southern birthplace to Vermont where her professional father has accepted a teaching job. Father and daughter move in with a friendly family, the Adamses, on arrival in Alps Junction. Dr. Hanson, known for stating his views openly on public issues, becomes involved in town problems, immediately. The split sessions of the high school and the trouble about an area called Copper Mine Hill occupy his spare time and much of Hannah's. Poor construction of the plot leads to confusion; Hannah's romance with Kimball Adams is no surprise, but her father's plan to marry Kimball's sister Abby is. It's basically little more than a wordy ramble through an eventful but unstimulating winter in Vermont.