A mystery, weepy and sentimental as it uncovers the real author of a poetic best seller, is set in lake country near Chicago and begins with a recall of young Rhoda Brown's romance with Ken Lee who died in Korea. Still immeasurably woebegone with his loss two years ago, Rhoda is returning to look after her Grandmother's tourist home at Idlewild. With her goes a copy of Indigo Afternoons the recently published description of the district by Will Nash, a newsman spending the summer near Idlewild. Rhoda knows that Ken had written some things, now lost, but when she meets Preston, Nash's publisher, stories of the past begin to fit together to prove that Ken was the author of the book, which he had sent Nash from Korea. With the truth is out, Rhoda is free for a new friendship with Ken's friend Peter and to think of a future with him when they have completed their studies in music and medicine. But the inner characterizations, necessary to bring more than mere action to such a story, are missing.