Peggy Grahame's self absorbed father has just died, but before he does he tells her that he was not as good a father as he could have been but that she will be taken care of by his older brother Enos in their ancestral estate Rest-and-be-thankful. He also mentions that the place is full of the ghosts of past Grahames and that Uncle Enos is obssessed with keeping the Grahame tradition alive, refusing to update the house, though he has never seen a ghost himself. Feeling trepidacious, Peggy sets off on her own to Rest-and-be-thankful and meets Pat, an english scholar along the way and he gives her a ride home in his temperamental loaner. As soon as uncle Enos sees Pat, he throws him out and refuses to explain why. As the mystery of her uncles behaviour unfolds, Peggy is visited by the ghosts of the house who help her along the way. A very charming book with a few romances and history of the revolutionary war.