The time is 1918 and Lizzy Lou Jones, a girl in a small Indian town, is the heroine in a light story of a girl's struggle to break through her shyness and family restrictions to become herself. A dreamer at 16, Lizzy Lou (who hates her name) wants badly to become an actress. Though her strict Aunt Liz, who keeps house for widowed Mr. Jones, dislikes even so much as the idea of going to a basketball game at night, Lizzy Lou sights her first glimmerings of freedom when Bill, president of the senior class at high school, begins to take notice of her and when her quiet father overrides Aunt Liz's objections. But then an arrival proves an ever bigger event. Louise Leander, another aunt whose acting career is something of a surprise to Lizzy, Lou, comes to Medford and the way is paved for a triumph in high school dramatics and a future of her own choosing.