Excitement brows when an orphaned family of five moves into and has to clean up an old house and make it liveable. In the country around Seattle, the house is near an old limestone quarry long considered dead- that is until young Connie Rowley starts poking about in the crevices of the fireplace and finds a map. The ensuing search results in the developing and solving of a lot of problems- whether or not to work the quarry and disturb the community or to go on with what they already have- is sustained suspense, exhibitive of good character study, conducive to mental exercise. There are wonderful scenes about repairing the old house, good descriptions of Connie's attempts at journalism in the running of her own small newspaper which she distributes to a few neighbors and which she laboriously editorializes about the quarry. The Rowley's ages range from nine to twenty and the cross sections of their feelings is well done.