This book has so much about Hats, hatmaking, hat styles and hat selling that it could well be called 'Free food for milliners." The story revolves round the Han family, Joseph and Leah and their daughters, Casey and Tina. Casey in particular is the main character and seems to be perpetually angry. The novel starts with a huge fight between Casey and her father; resulting in Casey being thrown out of the familial home. After that she is continuously poor and trying to find a home. Her friends, lovers, and their friends are the other characters in the book, all very different and interesting personalities. There are two babies, Irene and Timothy for the aw factor. Quite an interesting read.