Dilly’s mom, Elspeth Dillon Howell, died when Dilly was just six. She left her daughter an Adirondack farmhouse and a letter for when Dilly was “older”. Now that Dilly’s old enough, the letter’s missing. As Dilly searches for it in the house’s many hiding places, she makes a few discoveries about the mom she never really knew. Surprisingly, Elspeth’s long-ago life looks a lot like Dilly’s today.