Though definitely geared for a young Catholic audience, this is a fantasy-adventure with the humor and perception characteristic of the best writing for this age group. The setting is England where young Cecilia Thorne has come to spend some months at her Uncle Ambrose's estate while her parents are in Africa. There she finds two cousins from other branches of the family- Rick, who is her age and is far better at imagining than studying, and Dominic Erland, a war veteran who has come to tutor them. Both Rick and Dominic have Uncle Ambrose's enmity because their parents had made the wrong marriages but as things turn out the right way, with a romance between Dominic and a young aunt of Rick's and the inheritance of the estate for Rick, the ending is orthodox and happy. The road to it however is a richly winding one as each of the characters develop. Dominic is an extraordinary teacher and Rick and Cecilia are able, with him, to find excitement in everything. History comes alive. They actually walk into the past as into a dream world and as each of them is searching for something more than mere factual knowledge, all they do and experience becomes centered around the building of very meaningful lives, part of which is a working faith in religion. Richly rewarding particularly within the limits of the Catholic faith.