David has been living in the mountains with his father, a perfect life of love and music. When his father falls ill they head into town where they take refuge in a barn. When he is found the next morning with his father dead, the family learns that the boy knows nothing about any extended family. He cannot tell them anything about himself other than his first name, David. Reluctantly they take him in and teach David how to adjust to life in the village where he takes his violin with him wherever he goes, using music to express what he sees and feels. David and his music become the background of village life, changing the lives of those who experience it.
This story was one of the bestselling novels in 1916, its eternal optimism bringing happiness to every reader. This addition is presented complete and unabridged with 12 full-page illustrations.