Frances Cavanah, who alternates between fact and fiction, but usually works in a good deal of the former into the latter, now uses the American Revolution as a background with considerable period detail to supplement a slight story (and the curriculum). Susanna Lanford lives on a small farm in Virginia in 1780 and with the rumored forthcoming Hessian invasion, hides the diamonds from an old family necklace in a heirloom doll. Madame Doll disappears and she believes it has been taken and hidden by the Hessian boy who is later wounded, then cared for by the family. As the war goes on, Susanna and her mother spend time in Williamsburg before and after the British retreat, return home just long enough to find the doll and move on to Kentucky (in protest against the slavery of the South--another issue articulated). It is a gentle, low-pressure story and certainly very agreeable.