Fred was a boy whose father was affiliated with a Japanese university at the turn of the century. The author, daughter of missionary parents in Morioka, brings authenticity to the story of life in a happy American family who serve and find satisfaction in life in Japan. The reader sees the great excitement of Japanese children encountering their first American bicycle and shares the joy of O Yuki-san, the servant reunited through the family's efforts with her long-lost son, Bunji. A gift from the Mikado, a lacquer cabinet, gives the Americans status and to the circle of even conservative, anti-American families, like that of Baron Hidegawa. Though the story lacks a climax, there is enough excitement with the capture of a robber and the dangerous escapades of Fred, to sustain interest. Throughout there is a pleasant homely pattern of faith in God and international good-will.