Set in the North Carolina town of Yancey City, these high school doings are a probe of character in a deeply satisfying and often humorous way. Kappy, a Philadelphia girl sent to southern relatives while her parents are in Europe, has her own particular problem in seeing whether or not she can get along on her own- without the social protection of her father who is a well known commercial artist. But her cousin Till, a girl with an emotionally unstable background as well as some outstanding gifts, has even worse complications. Brutually frank and a fine speaker, Till plans to study law but her headstrong disregard for the feelings of others makes her more enemies than friends with the people at school and at home. But, commissioned by Cousin Bessie, the more steadfast Kappy takes a hand in steadying Till and both girls, each in their own way, do each other a lot of good. This is very forthrightly told and captures the feeling of life in a Southern town quite completely.