A , southern overeast for a family tragedy in which the drama is muted by the incomplete understanding of David, the youngster who witnessed it and tells the story. For David, who involuntarily intercepts the troubled tension between his father, their young governess Miz Anne, his older sister Drusilla, and their Aunt Cissie, withdraws from a situation which involves those he loves. Aunt Cissie exercises a vigilant disapproval over the romance between David's father and Miz Anne, but it is Drusilla, spiteful and vindictive, who is determined to ruin it by any means, and when she runs away with a stranger, she provoken the duel in which her father is killed... The nightshade of superstition and dark dreams lends an imaginary terror to the reality of the tragedy here, gives it a special caste. A book.