A story about the mishaps and triumphs of keeping house for Father while Mother is in the hospital has some amusing and touching moments, with an unusual sidelight on adult mental health. Joan, Lucy and Susy Carter find that running a household is rather fun, but often very tiresome. With Mother seriously ill, the girls find they must give up a great deal of their play. But hard work brings its rewards -- the girls go to camp for two weeks, own a puppy, and Mother comes home. It is Susy who joins in a psychological experiment with the doctor to help Mother walk again, after Mother's feeling that she is not needed has been explained to Susy. Careful handling of a common problem affecting children.