Another sensible and engaging novel from the author of The Blossoming Year (1952) is set in Brooklyn in 1908 and closely follows the emotional life of 18 year old Mary Luther, of Irish-Austrian heritage, who moves with her father from the Williamsburg section to the more fashionable Flatbush. It is through her English teacher at high school, Miss Hague, that Mary is given the opportunity to become head housekeeper for Miss Hague and her three boarders, Ralph Brewster and his mother from Boston, and Jim Baldwin, a student. Mr. Luther, realizing his job as a furniture factory foreman will not bring them all the security they need, is amenable to the move and willing to make a new go of life. In the new establishment Mary's problems include maintaining her position as boss as well as her romantic involvement with Ralph, whose conventional Bostonian ways eventually serve as the impetus for Mary to direct her true feelings towards Jim. In its' own atmosphere of gentility, this approves of the more humane point of view that make good breeding a result of the person rather than heritage.