Orphaned Ivy finds her Christmas wish fulfilled with the help of a lonely couple and a doll named Holly.
In the Himalayan mountains a small band of nuns work at opening a school and dispensary for the locals. They are dependant on the English agent, Mr Dean, who has a disconcerting charm.
The activities, sorrows, and joys of a family of dolls living in an old doll house are related from the dolls' point of view.
When little Nona is sent from her sunny home in India to live with her relatives in chilly England, she is miserable. Then a box arrives for her in the post and inside, wrapped up in tissue paper, are two little Japanese...