While on vacation, Rabbi Small’s wife is called away to care for a sick relative. This leaves Rabbi Small on his own at a resort hotel. His stay is livened by the questions of a young woman involved with a Jewish man. She is interested in the young man’s religion and turns to Rabbi Small for answers to her questions.
On their return to Barnard’s Crossing, the couple makes plans to marry. This upsets both sides of the family equation. They turn to Rabbi Small to sort out their dilemma, and he can be trusted to come up with an solution that satisfies everyone. On the way, his answers to both of the young people’s objections to Judaism give him the opportunity to impart the essential of his religion to them and to the reader.