Architectural historian Winston Wyc reluctantly ventures once again from the safe haven of New York City to the wild hinterlands of upstate New York. This time he has been hired by Sackett Corbally, an alarmed scion of the wealthy Corbally family. It seems that the stubborn Clement Corbally, Sr. - an enthusiastic amateur historian - wants to create his own private Sturbridge Village-style restoration on the extensive family estate. Winston is fully aware that Sackett Corbally hopes that he will dissuade his father from such a complicated - and extremely costly - project. But such is the delicate work of an architectural historian who is often involved - on one side or the other - in a historical preservation debate. Besides, as Kiko, his irrepressible assistant, reminds him, even historians must attend to the present-day business of paying bills. Clement, Sr., of course, has no intention of letting his contentious family ruin his fun. When Winston visits Longmeadow, the impressive family home, he finds himself unexpectedly charmed by the curmudgeonly patriarch as well as impressed by Clement's detailed plans for a restored mid-eighteenth-century village. He even briefly contemplates the joys of rural life - despite his unfortunate past experiences. But history, as Winston of all people should know, has a way of repeating itself - and very soon he finds himself involved in another hair-raising escapade in the wilds of the Hudson Valley.