Christmas, 1776, was a difficult time for the Smith children in Newport. Their father, Patriot Smith, had joined the Sons of Liberty in the Continental Army. Their mother was relying on them to take care of things while she stayed with Aunt Ruth, who expected a new baby. Too, the citizens of Newport were asked to accommodate Hessians in their homes. Dorcas, Abel and Betsy fooled the Hessians for a time, and even managed to secrete a cow in their house. But their machinations unexpectedly brought difficulties to Aunt Ruth when the British found them out. A brief story of brave children involved in the espionage of Revolutionary days in Newport which will appeal to the audience of readers who enjoy Louise Hall Tharp's books.