Reminiscent of Ellis Credle's best stories, this is again set in the South and through a lively dialogue recreates the old and new ways of mountain people confronted with a change in their way of living which a new government dam will bring. Briefly, the big doin's are the celebration for the dam's completion, topped off by a speech and visit from the President. Nancy and Jodey, cousins, are the central characters. With Uncle Badger, who knows enough about human and animal nature to more than make up for his illiteracy, they plan for the festivities, a main event, of which will be a square dancing contest Nancy and Jodey hope to enter together. When the community decides to turn it into a jitterbug performance instead they are disappointed but with Uncle Badger's help they attack the problem sensibly. In a rousing climax the children do their square dances and prove the value of good mountain traditions that ought to be kept along with innovations.