An intense and moving story of a young girl in Michigan and Canada in the years 1850-51. Elspeth's father is an abolitionist and has maintained for ten years a station on the underground railroad. He has engraved indelibly on her mind the horrors of slavery, and when the story opens, the Fugitive Slave Act has been passed. Escaped slaves are no longer free in the North, and Elspeth's father sells his farm and starts a rehabilitation center over the Canadian line. There's a romance for 18-year old Elspeth, but she sends away the suitor whose beliefs on slavery make it impossible for them to find common ground, and finds in his stead an earnest and handsome young doctor whose love of his settlement work matches her own sense of dedication to a cause. There's sound psychological basis in the approach to marriage here. This is Elizabeth Howard's second good romance adventure for girls (Summer Under Sail- 1947).