A nostalgic inventory of the hamlet (""a cluster of houses in the country"") in southeast Maine near Machias recalls the decade, 1894-1904, in which the author lived in a big landscape with her grandparents and others. In chapters devoted to the place, the people, work, family patterns, church, school, pleasure, social life, the arts and migration, she induces an aura of austere existence within a framework of custom, of a rigid continuity of custom which had been approved by long experience, of durable individualism, of an entity that was compact and familiar, and she exhaustively describes the components of each category. The last chapter contrasts the community fifty years later with the many changes in the type of living, the physical aspects and in the difference in the people. There are some character sketches, bits of gossip and history, incidents of the period and an overwhelming sense of a well-loved area. A book for a local market particularly.