A small village in Asia during the era of contentment is the background for these four gentle tales. They feature a grandfather and his granddaughter, who understand each other without many words. The four superbly written stories give a picture of life in a small Asian village at the turn of the century. A trip planned and canceled, a lost bicycle, a kite, and a wealthy visitor bring excitement to the village. Full of insight and subtle humor, the tales explore family relationships and celebrate the joys of community life.