As the Travillas winter at Viamede, Elsie's birthplace, Lily, the newest member of the family, is born. Upon the family's return home, Molly is seriously injured while rushing to greet her cousins. Later Elsie and her childhood friend Lucy share a pleasant summer together in the mountains.
The entire family is thrown into turmoil, however, when a carriage accident threatens the life and sanity of Grandpa Dinsmore and Aunt Enna, and Violet is burned with a troublesome secret. Everyone in the family is thrilled as young Elsie blossoms under the warmth of new love, but sorrow strikes as Lily is gathered into the arms of the Good Shepherd despite all the efforts to save her life.
Originally published in the United States, 1850; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks