What a great book and historically inspired. Little Lucy and her family are traveling west to Illinois but Great Aunt Liza is staying behind. Lucy is sad but her family departs. Aunt Liza buys a small sun hat for Lucy's birthday and puts it in a box sending it with a trusted friend to get it to her Lucy. The book takes that poor box on the adventures of a lifetime and each stop it makes someone puts something else in the box because they feel bad this "Lucy" hasn't gotten her present. When she finally receives it there are some really nice things for their whole family. Aunt Liza gets quite the thank you which inspires her to visit and see some of the places her box had traveled.