Dorinda is thrilled when her brother marries Hepzibah, and builds a house near by. Hepzibah, a girl from back East has twelve quilts and every girl for miles around is envious of the lucky bride. But all of this fades into insignificance when an aunt invites Dorinda to spend a year with her in Chicago and attend Miss Elliott's Seminary. She has many exciting experiences in Chicago and does so well at the school that Miss Elliott chooses her to be her new assistant for the coming school year. It is hard for Dorinda to decide, but when Jethro Warren a boy from the wilderness asks her to marry him, she knows she can never be a school teacher. A good pioneer story for older girls, with a fascinating background of Chicago and the farm country of Indiana, one hundred years ago.