Someone is stealing Khristopher (Kit) Lang's newspapers! The State of Maine after World War II. Kit is working for his family after Kit's father loses his defense job. The story begins in 1940 in the City of Brewer, Maine and traces Kit's family to Portland as the country prepares for WWII. Kit's father finds work in the shipyards where Liberty Ships are built. Angus McNutt is a janitor from Boston who lived through the stock market crash of 1929 by denying himself luxuries and keeping his money out of banks. Lenore Cash is the widow of a poultry farmer, She owns property on which the government wishes to build a housing project for shipyard workers. On this land, Peary Village is constructed. And on his paper route in Peary village, someone is stealing Kit's newspapers.