Andrew must search the docks and find out if his missing captain-father has returned alive on his ship after all. So begins an adventure to unlikely places: to Maine frontiers, and new farms, and not-so-friendly Indians in these days of the early 1800s. But here Andrew finds cheer when he is taken in by the lively, determined families of Uncle Joseph and Uncle Ephraim. Sally and all her cousins, aunts, uncles, hired helpers and visitors seem to find a way around every flood, threat, and quarre! It is Andrew and Sally who find the perfect spot for the new house; and it is they whose friendliness towards the wary Indians ensures, finally, their farm's safety. Hope continues to grow that it will be possible to track Andrew's father, and to reach an honest compact between the farmers and the Indians. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
THE LIVES OF THE TITCOMBS are ruled by foolish Mrs. Titcomb's dreams. For instance, she has dreamt that Captain Patterson, the father of their young boarder Andrew has drowned and that they are to leave the only place Captain Patterson would know to look for his son. Though the ship is four months overdue, Andrew cannot believe that his father is dead. Caught up in the hopelessly futile whims of his guardians, he tries to leave what clues he can. Here is another authentic Early American story complete with poems and young Sally's irrepressible spirit.