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.