A remote and rather pallid tale set in a small hamlet in America's horse and buggy era. Lonely Tom and Jenny, children of missionaries returned from China to the town of Bascom, U.S.A., spend two busy weeks while their parents are away on a trip. Tom finds a milk wagon job; a circus comes to town; Tom drives away a burglar and Jenny makes herself useful as an emergency baby sitter for a distraught neighbor. On the parents' return both children are making friends and becoming happy Bascomites. Many old chestnuts here -- the snippy spinster, a hand named Ebon, a jolly widow who likes to eat, and noble children. This a nosegay for adult nostalgia which lacks robust characterizations and honest suspense.