Though Rocky Rockwood is a boy in extraordinary circumstances and has more than his share of problems, they are handled briskly, recognizably and readably. With his parents away in Italy, wealthy Rocky has already won something of a reputation for recklessness but a year of good behaviour brings the reward of a sports car chipped to him in Los Angeles. The day he gets it an accident happens which isn't his fault and Rocky keeps mum. When he pays to have the car repaired, a new suspicion falls on him, that of stealing money from the school. Mad and put out at his elders who seem to jump to conclusions far too quickly, Rockey finds solace in the opportunity to take up gliding at a famous local airport, but still sore- he commits another misdemeanor. This time a school board investigation finds the fault isn't all his and a further confession, about the original car accident, brings Rocky entirely in the clear. The new inspiration gliding brings to Rocky plus a social study in the adult understanding of teen agers makes this a good cut above average.