I *love* books where the main character is a spunky strong-willed girl who challenges the status quo. Callie is exactly that. At the turn of the last century, when automobiles and telephones were new and fancy inventions, Callie's family lives down south in TX. They are rather well off and the family expects her (the only girl in the family with 6 sons) to be a delicate debutante. But Callie has other aspirations. She wants to study science and develops a close relationship with her Grandfather, a Naturalist. Together, they experiment, read and explore the wonders of the natural world. Will a husband or college be in Callie's future?