Mike Patterson, the tomboyish captain and star player of the Westbrook High girls' basketball team, takes a first flyer towards boys when Jeff, whom she had been secretly crazy about, suddenly asks her for a date. The trouble is that Mike discovers Jeff has been asked to do it on a dare. What happens then is a triple transformation as she turns herself first into the natural kind of girl Jeff will like (and which she is basically), then into a semi-siren when Jeff seems to be taking off unavoidably with hussyish Charleen, and finally both back and forward into the natural Mike who now realizes that recognizing and being oneself is most important. For second billing with the romance goes basketball court rivalry, as Mike finally steels herself to dealing directly with Emma who had thought the Pattersons (Mike's sister is a cheerleader) all too influential at Westbrook. Mike is a live wire, not entirely convincingly or consistently described, but she will make popular reading matter.