Gregory was a withdrawn, solemn little seven year old who didn't relate to anyone. But he took a special liking to Marta, the new maid, a refugee from the Ukraine who told wonderful stories about her homeland and transformed the kitchen from beautiful modern to old fashioned cozy. But Marta wept occasionally for her childhood home and the ""good place"" that had been the focus of the family. The ""good place"" had contained an icon which she reverently describes. This deals with Gregory and sister Janet's painstaking, and inventive, way of obtaining a ""kitchen madonna"" for Marta. In the process Gregory undergoes a subtle transformation. This has also undergone a subtle transformation--from an original destination as a children's book to a condensation in the Ladies' Home Journal to an adult item that will probably find a ""good place"" on Christmas shopping lists, and deservedly so.