Ben Mercer things he knows exactly what his future holds. Like his bitter Uncle Henry, he will stay at Cook's Landing, barely making ends meet by selling butter, eggs and gasoline to rich cottagers, doing their odd jobs - and resenting their condescension. But then a wealthy widow hires Ben to fix up her cottage, and for the first time he allows himself to believe that escape might be possible. When Ruth Chapman talks to Ben about her life in New York City, he sees himself there too. When she hires him to play his violin at a dinner party, he realizes his gift could unlock all the possibilities of the world. And when summer comes to an end, Ben must finally face both his own limitations and those of the people he loves.
Life change events -- Fiction.
Maturation (Psychologie) -- Romans, nouvelles, etc. pour la jeunesse.
Maturation (Psychology) -- Juvenile fiction.
Music -- Juvenile fiction.
Musique -- Romans, nouvelles, etc. pour la jeunesse.
Muskoka (Ont. : District municipality) -- Juvenile fiction.
Muskoka (Ont.) -- Romans, nouvelles, etc. pour la jeunesse.
Ontario -- Conditions sociales -- 1918-1945 -- Romans, nouvelles, etc. pour la jeunesse.
Ontario -- Social conditions -- 1918-1945 -- Juvenile fiction.
Uncles -- Fiction.
Violinists -- Fiction.