In 1789, the Connecticut frontier was rugged country for two lonely females. But in spite of her daughter's reservations, Mrs. Beech was determined to make a go of her brother's deserted farm. The odds she faced included unfriendly neighbor Hank Jarvis who coveted her land, Indians, who laid claim to part of it, and the actual daily struggle to survive. Always resourceful, Mrs. Beech maintains the farm by establishing a successful baked goods business, and, with Rebecca's help, the land claims are finally settled. Hank Jarvis changes his tune in the face of Mrs. Beech's honesty, and even Rebecca's homesickness is dissolved in a warm friendship with Hank's ward, Ben. The story conveys good atmosphere though its rambling story and stilted conversations impose serious negative aspects.