A sure novelist's talent makes this personal story of the daughter of a Baptist missionary first rate entertainment. It has the adventures and swift pace of a western pioneer story, and the warmth and humor of personal memoirs of a few crowded years in frontier Texas at the turn of the century. The years mark the establishment of her father's congregation, and the start of a new church in La Mesa. For 10 year old Opal it was a spirited childhood, filled with happiness, excitement and tragedy, and the intimate, ample knowledge to which a minister's family has access. Good Americana- regional values and a personal record of a relatively recent frontier.