A swiftly moving romance of a young girl in Detroit during the war of 1812 adds another to Elizabeth Howard's growing roster of American period novels. High spirited Tamsen Bradford is sent to live with her brother John after her sister's family moves from the country to New York- to a house too small to accommodate Tamsen as well. Her journey by stagecoach and by boat, during which she makes friends with two eligible young men, Roger and Daniel- and her days in muddy, stockaded and embattled Detroit fulfill her expectations of frontier adventure and romance, free her from some of the inhibiting conventions of the east coast. Her emotional growth is marked by her successful tolerance of John's prim wife Lovicy, maintenance of calm during the British and Indian invasions of the town, her final and unwavering choice of the more vigorous Daniel as a marriage partner. In all, a happy balance of historical fact with the private lives of the people who lived it.