Eccentric old Aunt Vinnie and her six great nieces and nephews regard a year in the old house near Stockholm with equal trepidation. Aunt Vinnie wonders how she'll manage her wards while their parents are away. The children wonder what life will be like under the guardianship of so distant and seemingly fearful a relative. Surprises are in store for both camps. ""The whole house had come alive"" and with it Aunt Vinnie. She shows remarkable understanding of sensitive Per's tendency to daydream, of Sam's fright and loneliness in running away after a fight with brother Anders, even of Lollie's desire to board Piazzo, the dog. To each child, she represents something special and they show their gratitude on masse in a rollicking birthday surprise proclaiming Aunt Vinnie a true heroine. This is another warm and winning story by the author of many delightful homespun tales of life in the Scandinavian countries.