Rubbing to edes and corners bumped. Spine and covers creased.
Fairacre and the neighbouring village of Beech Green are under siege by planners who want to build a new estate on Harold Miller's Hundred Acre Field, and the inhabitants are vocally divided on the subject. As the schoolmistress, Miss Read is inevitably involved - but she also has more personal problems to deal with.
Her junior Miss Jackson's unwise passion for a very unsuitable man, the niceties of defining categories for the flower show, and the ever-leaking and finally colleapsing skylight in the schoolhouse are just a few of the problems she deal with in the course of another enchanting year in the comp-any of one of the most observant recorders of a rural community.