The storm in a teacup of an illegitimate baby in Rock Center, Iowa, is precipitated by 17 year old Lorraine Hollenbach. For she tells her family, who, after the first shock, accept the fact, do not force her to marry the boy who is the father, and face the town gossip and censure calmly. Her father's conscience is appeased when he has the baby baptized; Lorraine refuses to take the easy way out and live with an aunt in Chicago; her older adopted sister and younger brother and mother delight in the baby. All the emotions aroused by Lorraine's ""sin"", all the contretemps precipitated by it, are told with a bland innocence that follows closely to the happy ending -- of marriage to an older man -- which rounds out Lorraine's small notoriety. Opposing small town morality without shame, this is a pointed but never malicious miniature of character and situation.