A virtuous career-romance examines the librarian's world and the pure if sometimes troubled heart of Nancy Anderson of Great Springs, an eastern community. Having majored in education, Nancy finds she does not want to teach, and with an opportunity to run the county bookmobile, knows that this is the job for her. She also falls in love with Tad Rivers, a Harvard graduate history student, on leave to care for a sick father. But a temporary halt to this happiness comes when Nancy realizes she must take a library science degree in order to continue working successfully, and at Western Reserve, where she goes to study and to live in the international Co-op House, she becomes intrigued with Jan, a Polish teacher with a background of horror that has wiped away his faith in humanity. It is here that the author pulls almost visible strings to make puppets of her characters, for Nancy too quickly works her charms on Jan to make him see the light and Jan is unbelievably ready to give her up when the time comes- to Tad. However the end results, of happiness in work and love, are valid ones.