A Sunny, rosy escape novel concerning the career of Keturah, an orphan who good. The only way was up for Keturah once she left the hated orphanage at the age of sixteen to be a ""summer girl"" for Mr. and Mrs. Denny at their home. Returning their affection, Keturah blissfully agrees to stay with them always, and after kindly advice from Mr. Denny and a local store owner who was once an orphan, she begins to understand that ""being a lady"" is possible. After the death of the Dennys, Keturah takes a position as governess with aloof Miss Hawthorne at her lovely home, and takes charge of little Adrienne who is finally revealed as the offspring of arsh and distant Mr. Clay, Miss Hawthorne's nephew. The full story of Adrienne's garentage is at last made known to Keturah, but then little Adrienne dies shortly after the death of her mentally deficient mother, and Keturah is retained as Miss Hawthorne's companion, with the opportunity to further her education. Mr. Clay casts non-academic looks, however, and soon the little governess is folded into the arms of the Brooding One. A quilting bee version of Jane Eyre, just yum-yum for the ladies who hate headlines.