This is the story of LIllian Bede who is trying to make a success of Mill House, she has five years to do this or the house goes to Avery Thorne. Avery was a sickly child and as an adult is determined not to let this to get in the way of his adventuring. He decides to leave England while she works. The two of them correspond by letter throughout the period. It's a fun read with two very opinionated characters.