Along the lines of Jean Thomas' (the Traipsin' Woman) material, these stories and experiences with the North Carolina (Unaka) mountain people. Owner of a farm, the author tries to be efficient, practical (according to her lights) about gardening, but her neighbors soon disillusion her. She tries to inject a bit of planning into their lives and sees unthought -- of results; she is unable to control them when they make up their minds about her friends -- and always she is helpless in coping with their problems and their way of solving them. From first distrust, to the gradations of friendship, she acquires bits of their lore, knowledge, speech, folk wisdom, has her eyes opened to their customs and rituals, and learns their family stories. Warm, sympathetic reading of the people of the region.