Emily, a rustic guinea-pig with a mind of her own, reluctantly leaves her indolent brother, Arthur, to embark on one of her periodic tours. Content that her thatched cottage is immaculate, she takes her carpetbag and umbrella and sets off for her first glimpse of the sea. It is an eventful voyage, and Emily acquires many notable animal friends, the most prominent of these, an ingenious weasel. Arthur, less enterprising than his sister, brings chaos into his sister's home, but is redeemed by the weasel who sets things right before Emily's return. A thoroughly charming and whimsical text is accompanied by Katherine Wigglesworth's a beguiling illustrations (in color and black and white), reminiscent of Beatrice Fairfax. Wise and funny, a book for all generations.