The year is 1904, and Russell is fifteen. Though he dreams
of leaving small-town Indiana to become part of a large farm crew in the
Dakotas, he’s forced to stay in school, where his sister Tansy has just become
the new teacher. Through the autumn, Russell observes the strange goings-on in
the classroom, including a fight for Tansy’s affection between a rough-and-tumble
guy named Glenn and Russell’s own best friend, Charlie. (Both will need to
compete with a city slicker named Eugene who’s in the area trying to sell an
amazing new invention called the automobile.) By Thanksgiving, Tansy has become
a full-fledged teacher and Russell has resigned himself to the student life. In
the last chapter, we learn which man ultimately won Tansy’s heart, and also who
Russell ended up marrying.
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