Carolyn's intense patriotism for the United States finds an outlet when, in her senior year in college, she is promised a job as secretary to her state's Congresswoman. Filled with awe for the tradition her family has established throughout the generations, Carolyn approaches her job with zeal, but cannot allow for any deviation from the Republican point of view. It is from her employer, a progressive Republican and from Barry, a brilliant young Democrat Congressman, that Carolyn learns the value of a two-party system and grasps the fact that each party in its way is motivated by the belief in a democratic America. With understanding comes love and Carolyn winds up her first year as secretary in a Republican atmosphere, engaged to, of all things, a Democrat. The fact that the heroine of this novel sincerely wants to work in Washington does not give her sufficient dimension as a human being to rescue her story from the realms of mediocrity, nor convince the reader that her life, despite its predictable victories, contains the stuff of which novels are made.