Twelve-year-old Peck and ten-year-old Sally hated to leave the city and were dismayed when their father decided to move to the country to finish his book. The country and a house with no gas or electricity, no familiar children and no playgrounds seemed a dismal prospect. However, within a short time, the mysteries of the outdoors with its small animals and opportunities for exploring, new friends and hobbies have so fascinated Peck and Sally that they are reluctant to return to the city. The Uphams are a likeable, real family and although they are close, neither parents nor children are so dependent upon each other as to exclude making new friends and all have individual interests. A happy, intelligent story whose locale is almost any country town.