Resourceful Sally Templeton arrives at her beloved grandmother's Connecticut estate to find the sweet old dear comatose. Terry McGinnis, the adorable, boyish doctor in charge, reports permanent brain damage. Fortunately, Uncle John, a handsome specimen of the idle rich, lives just down the road, and he fills in comfortingly--hugging Sally when she rages against Granny's decline and listening to her sob-tales of her own recent divorce. John has been Sally's surrogate dad, really--ever since after her real father was killed in an accident, when Sally was only five. Granny experiences a surprising recovery: she regains consciousness and mistakes Sally for Kitty (Sally's mysterious mum). The interchange that follows and a scrap of paper with a Detroit address promise to shed light on a question that has preoccupied Sally all her life--just why her devoted mother left her two infant children. But then Gillian Clark, a sleek local lawyer, visits Granny, and immediately Granny is out of it again. Is Gillian dragging Granny? Why? Is John and/or Phil (Sally's edgy Wall Street brother) involved? Many shocking revelations (and many unconvincingly explained events) ensue before Sally finds true love with her best friend's fiancÃ‰. Sally makes a pleasant heroine: her cleareyed spunkiness doesn't cloy (although her patience with pathetic old Uncle John occasionally astounds). But the standout question--who had it in for Granny and why?--is never given a satisfying or even remotely plausible answer. In all: a likable debut, deflated by a non-ending.