Rose Campbell, an orphaned heiress, is a little girl just getting to know her 19th century Boston family of shipping merchants. She has been left with two great aunts, Patience and Prudence, to await the arrival of her guardian, her unknown uncle Alex, a doctor. Because Alex had quarreled with his brother, custody of Rose was their attempt at reconciliation. Alex, a bluff, hearty man, invigorates his niece, getting her out of black mourning clothes and saving her from the horrors of a corset. He also insists that she read and study practical things, like math and Bacon's essays, instead of reading fairy tales.
Rose gets to know her various aunts and uncles and the seven boy cousins who all love her in one way or another. Alex gives his niece the opportunity to find out in which home she would be happiest by letting her to stay one month with each family. She has a good time at all, even gloomy childless widow Aunt Myra's, and finally comes home to make her choice.
This report prepared by M Darcy