A Cape Cod setting for Helen Girvan's latest teen-age novel (see Hidden Pond, Patty and the Spoonbill etc.) backgrounds young problems of love, family relations and work, as 17 year old Fay Cromwell puzzles out the problem of her parents' divorce years ago. Just back from Europe with her mother, Fay must see her go to a sanitarium, sick and fundless, after an inheritance they had enjoyed, yet bravely refusing to ask for help. In the Interim Fay goes to her grandparents for the summer at Cape Cod. But her brother Larry is there too and in the close contact of a family life she never knew before, Fay begins to learn of her parents' past , of the resentment her father bore against his wife's money and the fact that it might rob Larry of any self reliance, and of her strong-headed mother's wish to give her daughter the best. Fay interests herself in local life too- an antique thief is caught and a young artist's talent discovered- and at last both she and Larry are instrumental in getting their mother and father together again.