This is a story about three kids who grow up together and later add a fourth when they're teens. Two of the kids are brother and sister who are walking with their mother to Boston to find their father, a British officer during the Revolutionary War. He sailed to England without them, and on the road, the kids' mom dies. The brother goes to live with Deacon Badger and his family (grandpa to the main character, whose dad died so he lives there, too), and the sister goes to live with a neighbor, Miss Mehitable, a maiden in small Oldtown, MA.
The kids are sponsored by some wealthier folks, go to school with Miss Mehitable's brother, Jonathan Rossiter, in Cloudland, and meet Esther Avery, the minister's daughter and the brother's future wife. The three kids also are taken to Boston to stay with one of the finest Boston families from time to time, and among them is cousin Ellery Davenport, a colonel for the Americans during the Revolution. The three kids grew up with a Puritan background, but Ellery (who eventually marries the sister) is kind of an atheist. Horace, the main character, wanted to marry the sister, but she wanted Ellery. Their marriage lasts only 10 years, during which Ellery grows old and insane, and Horace eventually marries the sister.
This report prepared by Ann