When Carrie Ward's little niece Emily is orphaned, she must leave her situation as governess in the south of England and take her charge to a new home, Askrigg House in Yorkshire, seat of Emily's late father's estranged family. Expecting a mansion, she is dismayed to find a farm, complete with cows, chickens, poverty, and a twenty-hour day of household drudgery. Her host, handsome but aloof John Garth, notes her looking down her nose at him (she mistakes him for a porter), and they quarrel on sight--so you know there are going to be bells for me and my gal by the end of the book. This development is livened up by some attractive scenery, a few rustics, a shotgun marriage in the Garth family, but very little plot. This ""good breath of Yorkshire air"" will put you to sleep in no time.