Jo Hamilton has been given a stiff task in life, she must care for and protect her eleven sisters. After the twelveth girl was born, her mother left leaving the girls in the care of a dwindling sucession of care givers and maids until Jo’s father decrees that she can look after them. She is soon given the name General by her sisters and although she does her best for them the one truly fun thing they do is go out dancing at night. It is the time of prohibition and raids so general Jo must do her best to keep the girls safe, quiet and out of trouble, but when they dance they truly come alive. Eventually their father decides it is time to marry them off and Jo must be a part of this task until life allows the sisters a way to find the lives they want. Jo is a firm and strict force in the lives of her sisters, yet she cares deeply for them almost like a mother would. I found her to be a very likeable character with tough choices to make and dreams of her own when she allows herself to have them. A very enjoyable read and a lively exploration of a time in our history.