Nine year old Mary Tracy Taylor lives in New York City in the days of gaslight, horsecars, buggies, and high button shoes. When her father dies she, her eight-year-old brother, and her mother go to live in Arcady, Alabama. At first she is terribly homesick, but eventually the charm of the hill people and the easy, barefoot life push memories of New York farther into a dim past. A new house to live in and her mother's impending marriage to a man she respects and loves make the transition complete and happy. This is a charming story loaded with the customs and language of the Alabama hill country and will be especially valuable to the 8 through 12 group in their sectional studies.