In France, when five children (ranging from about age five to fifteen) on their Christmas vacation are buried in a cabin by a landslide, first panic, then a calm, and finally desperation rule each individual's actions. Two goats wandering about in the dark underground rooms with the children cause confusion and filth. Miss Day tells the story almost purely through the dialogue (which seems natural) of the five, and in so doing has wisely avoided over-written foolish sounding descriptions and exclamations. The reader feels the slow build up of tension which ends on the twelfth day with rescue, and can easily visualize the motley, nearly starved children and the stench-filled, barely livable room. A fine story of endurance; the author does not canonize the children in the midst of strife, but presents them realistically.