Frances Keyes was a 20th century American author and a convert to Roman Catholicism. Her works frequently featured Catholic themes and beliefs. Mrs. Keyes first book, The Old Gray Homestead, was published in 1919. The Gray's farm is falling apart until a wealthy widow named Sylvia comes to stay with the family. She helps rebuild the farm, pays for trips and music lessons. Austin Gray is falling in love with her, as are several other men. Can a plain farmer and a society woman find happiness?