A Fifth Avenue mansion in 1871 is the new home for widowed and orphaned Hilda Thorne and her seven year old son. Addle, and life with her husband's uncle, his wife and a niece, , includes many odd incidents. For Judith is obviously against Jonny's interest in her brother Race; Jenny's strange collapses that are more frequent as her coming of age the attempts to marry Race to an ugly heiress; the behavior of personal mail, the leath of Uncle George's secretary -- and other matters keep from feeling too secure while the treatment of Addle is a constant problem. A final on Orange lay when the family is leaving for the shore brings about the answer to all her questions for Jenny escapes death and Race makes the accusations that reveal criminal intent. A gilded for a period story whose manners are genteel and whose interest will be for the ladies.