Hogarth is a curmudgeon-and he's also a one-hundred-fifty-year-old house that has sat empty for two decades in the mythical town of Sethsburg, Indiana. Some think he is enchanted and others think he is haunted, especially the carpenters hired to restore him. Afraid that he will be torn down to make room for a shopping center, Hogarth shakes the floors, sends shutters flying, and pours water on the carpenters' heads. But after he learns that a new family will be moving in, Hogarth begins to reminisce about his past, remembering the folks who built him more than a century ago.
From the first Hogarth family who settled in Sethsburg in 1816 to their present-day descendents, Hogarth is a vivid portrait of the triumphs and tragedies of the early settlers of southern Indiana and their unique legacy to their relatives.