A brief look at the New York City art world takes Ingrid Carlsen through her first year on a scholarship at the Art Students League. She encounters an expected set of people and circumstances which are not too deeply examined, but the outspoken values are at least worthwhile, for Ingrid arrives determined to paint seriously. Her cousin Bert, who meets Ingrid's train and escorts her to first parties and so forth, has graduated from the League into the world of advertising and is the stereotype of the commercial artist who wishes mildly that he had not forsaken pure art. Bruno Calvetti, a young architect, represents the other side of the picture, the serious worker who appeals both romantically and ideologically to Ingrid. And along with the aesthetic arguments there is apartment hunting, part time job getting and roommate trouble, all of which turns out happily as Ingrid has her first show and her first sale. By the author of Katie and her Camera (1955) this is a better organized story about a medium with which the author is more familiar.