Rose Campbell is orphaned at age 13. She is left to her Uncle Alec, a kind man who is ahead of his time in thinking. She meets her seven cousins, all of whom are boys, and immediately becomes their queen. She has I beleive six aunts, each with its own individual character. When she arrives at "Aunt Hill" as the place is called due to all the aunts, she is a very pale, thin, and unhappy thing. Her uncle, Dr. Alec, tries an experiment for one year to get her healthy and happy. Some of the things he does would be shocking to that day and age, such as encouraging a girl, almost fourteen, to run, shout, and be strong! The very idea scandalous! The little chamber maid, Phebe, who herself is only a few years older than Rose, helps her to learn to be good, strong, and be merry in the face of unhappiness. The book is full of old morals which I enjoyed immensely. The old grammar and beleifs will surprise and amuse you. I recommend this book to people who like history, love a good novel rather than that sensation trash, or would just like to fall in love with the characters.