Whitey Tuttle learns that Spring and 16 can spell trouble when romance blinds him to the precepts his family lives by. For in the Connecticut town of North Breton, Whitey's Gramp and Pop are respected for their ruggedness -- Pop particularly for fighting Josh Walker's efforts to keep the community ""in his pocket"". When Whitey, silently in love with Josh's daughter, gets a chance to date her, to be a part of her crowd, and to contrast their wealth with the simplicity of his home, he almost loses his sense of values. But happenings at the Tuttle Nut and Bolt factory, the decision of his half brother to sell out to Walsh and Whitey's own experiences with alsh and his ways bring about a new evaluation of his family's position on important matters. The time is 1922, the boy is one who, if given an inch, will ""dream up a mile"", the family is solid in its belief in the little man's rights and the town and the story are sturdy. Conservative in its recognizable commonplaces.