A Maine author, Elizabeth Ogilvie has written her second book for the teen ages (see Whistle for a Wind) about Cass, 16, self conscious and irritated with the world, who must stay home on a seashore farm for the summer while her mother goes to care for a sick sister. During the summer Cess travels the road toward an understanding of herself and consideration for others but unfortunately, her way is paved with a set of situations and characters that have been hewn to fit the path rather than revealed in their natural characteristics. There is sensible Adam who is going to be a doctor, the questionable Blackwell boys who turn out to be all right and the still more questionable summer guests, Jeff and Toby Marshall. Cass thinks they are brother and sister and falls in love with Jeff. But then a poaching case reveals Jeff as a frustrated artist turned petty thief, and Toby's husband as well. This information sets Cass right and running to Adam.