Samantha is about eleven, and her home is in Penetang Bay, Ontario, where she writes secret thoughts in her secret diary. She also thinks about the ""secret room"" which she knows must exist in their old house which will tell her about her Great-Gran and another earlier Samantha. Great-Gran is now failing and she doesn't even comment on the bookmark Samantha makes for her. Some of Samantha's non-sedentary pursuits are synchronized to Christmas, to the Winterama weekend, to the loss of her best friend and a visit from a new one, from London, and to the long search for the secret room. As her new friend says: ""You just don't know how lucky you are! Maple syrup and everything! It's too good to be true!"" It's also too good to be interesting... Dismally cheerful illustrations of healthy, slightly pudgy, youngsters which make the art work on a baseball card seem aesthetic.