A simple, well knit story beginners may be able to read for themselves tells the adventures of young Nat Holden, orphaned in China, who has come to live with his aunts in Salem, Massachusetts in the clipper ship days. When his new life begins, Nat dislikes it at first. Aunt Hannah, Aunt Bird, and the school he attends do nothing but hamper his activities and so Nat takes to Marty Finch, an older and irresponsible boy who suggests they run off the sea. But Marty's plan also involves stealing a diamond Aunt Hunnah has hidden and Nat discovers Marty's intentions too late. He must tell his aunt of his mistake, but when he finds that the ""diamond"" was not real and kept as a symbol only, Nat is ready for a happier life in his new home. A sturdy tale with the quiet quality of Bulla's other work.