A quiet novel of the conflict between the formal and the natural way of life centers illegitimate Freely and her upbringing by her ministerial grandfather against her love for Philip Haven and his fashionable mother. Freely's world is the New England woods and the abandoned town of Simonton, founded by her ancestor; her friends are the birds and animals, and her loved ones, her grandparents. The death of her grandfather and the coming of Philip to buy their timber lots are juxtaposed and it is Philip's love that helps to lessen her loneliness. But it is Philip's mother and her distaste for Freely's bastardy which places Freely in the position of being made to conform to a life fitting for Philip's position and when Freely runs out on it, it is Philip's accident that brings them all together and rights her romance. Very Gene Stratton Porter, this, in its outdoors and nobility.