When Betsy goes to visit her Vermont relatives, the Putneys, they call her Betsy instead of Elizabeth Ann. But they don’t just change her name. They change her whole life. Things she has never done before, she is suddenly expected to do. Things like driving a wagon, taking care of kittens, and doing her own hair. At first Betsy doesn’t know what to think. Then she realizes that life on the Putney farm is much more exciting than life in the prim old city house.