The tomboy Phyllis is out nutting with her adored younger brother Billy, when, after climbing a tree, she is surprised there by her neighbor, Mr. Carrington, who soon falls in love with her. When Carrington proposes, Phyllis accepts to marry him. She only likes him, but her idea is to escape her somewhat tyrannical pater familias. Her still girlish personality (she is only a frightened seventeen hoyden suddenly thrown into society) brings many misunderstandings. It is only after some farcical or tragical episodes, that she and her husband can become really a couple.
'Phyllis' is Mrs. Hungerford's first novel. Though sometimes awkward, it depicts a real original character, with an undeniable charm, full of promise.