Three children and their mother move to the country after their father is called away mysteriously. The mother hints that it has something to do with business, but Roberta, the oldest girl, has some suspicions that this might not be the case.
The family is reduced to relative poverty and the mother has to write stories for them to survive. Roberta and her two younger siblings, Peter and Phyllis, wander the countryside and make some friends at the railroad station. The porter, Perks, is a slightly odd but fun man. And the station master (played by Clive Russell) is slightly strict.
When the children wave at the Green Dragon train (hoping it will carry their greetings to their father), they notice a bearded old man waving to them from the back window of the train. Every time they wave, the man is there, waving back.
One day, their mother gets sick and has to stay in bed. The doctor orders several things for the mother's recovery, but they are too poor to afford them.
Desperate, Roberta appeals to the old man on the train in a letter. The supples come.
Then, at the station, a man is trying to get help, but no one understands what he's saying because he is speaking a different language. Roberta figures out he's speaking Russian, and they take him home, since their mother knows Russian.
In another kind gesture, the children round up birthday gifts from neighbors for their friend, Perks the porter.
After more adventures--like averting a likely disaster from happening and taking in a teenage boy who broke his leg--all ends well.
The review of this Movie prepared by Melissa M.