Two talented children, growing up in the back woods, wage a struggle to continue their formal schooling. The efforts of thirteen-year-old Rod and his younger sister involve a variety of commercial enterprises--honey making, the hocking of Rod's fiddle, sassafras growing. But the family obligations the young children feel are so severe as to make even their greatest effort insufficient to meet the needs that boarding in town require. How Rod's unflinching determination is ultimately rewarded by understanding relatives and neighbors is told in context of an unusual and colorful background. A story of virtue being its own reward and of wish fulfillment, The Little Fiddler of Laurel Cove could awaken readers to whom schooling is taken for granted to a fresh appreciation of education.