Turn-of-the-century Maine, a spunky governess, a cold, rough-textured employer, a seriously disturbed child, tales of a fire which killed the child's mother -- another oatcake, half-baked. Brandy is bounced from her teaching job for high-spirited misconduct and accepts a position with Grey King whose daughter Missy, since her mother died, neither speaks nor seemingly hears. Brandy slowly makes headway with Missy while attempting to uncover the King mysteries -- a flighty brother, Grey's beautiful if strange dead wife, Grey's current sour fiancee and close-mouthed retainers. A hidden diary brings the truth into the light and Grey and Brandy together. A Brandied chestnut.