Ten years of age Helen is precocious and not easy to handle. She has a guardian after the death of her grandmother to whom she was very close to and is fairly condescending and patronizing towards Flora whom she knows she has to tolerate as there is no other choice. Helen must have been difficult to handle but Flora seems to either overlook her attitude or is dense to the point that she does not see it. This was an irritating aspect in Flora's attitude that she just did not get Helen's feelings and continued oblivious to it all.
The tricky, unbalanced relationship between Helen and Flora during just one summer is the story of this book. How it affects Helen during her entire life is the other story. A story of life and relationships and sadness over things that have happened and which cannot be undone. Once done is done. Also about a ten year old who definitely acts more than her age.
I was not overwhelmed with this book though it has got very very many positive reviews.