the three Burnell sisters receive a beautiful dollhouse. Their parents forbid them to show the dollhouse to the Kelvey sisters, because the Kelveys are poor. One day, however, Kezia Burnell grows bored at a party and decides to invite the Kelveys inside anyway.
A houseguest gives Isabel, Lottie, and Kezia a big, beautiful dollhouse, which they leave in the courtyard so its paint smell can dissipate. Kezia is particularly taken with the miniature oil lamp inside the dollhouse.
The wealthy Burnell sisters, already popular at school, become even more so thanks to this dollhouse. Their parents allow them to bring their friends home two by two to see their new dollhouse.
The Burnell girls are forbidden to show the dollhouse to the Kelvey girls, the daughters of a rumored criminal. One day, Kezia breaks this rule when she leaves her parents' boring party and sees the Kelveys walking past