This nostalgic glance backwards at horse-and-buggy New England is brimful of rosy-cheeked smiles and stinging tears. Eleven-year-old Linda narrates the ""saga"" of the day to day troubles and joys of the Sutherland family. Papa is a kindly Methodist minister; Mama (with a homey dab of flour on her nose) is as understanding a human being as can be hoped for; Aunt Augusta is blustering but good-hearted. The wholesome cast is upset about rich Grandpapa, who finally ""comes 'round"" in the end. Quaintness pervades the stereotypical, maple-sugary portrait of a New England family in the long-gone good old days.