Away from boarding school and Rock, her secret love, Sara believes nothing will alter her depressed state. But living with her artist father in Mexico, making friends with the inhabitants, learning to understand the ways of household servants, combine to slowly encourage more hopeful attitudes. A palomino pony helps too, as do letters from Rock. The prospect of Rock's attending a Mexican university becomes a reality, but Sara's values have changed. She has a great deal more living to do before settling for marriage. This has interest chiefly no far as it offers a glance at the folkways and personalities of native Mexicans.