An author who has written stories for all of the age groups (see Happy Little Family, Saturday Cousins and others) writes again on the theme of constructive human relations that has run through all her work. Susan Cornish, 18 and sorely in need of the education she yearns for, begins to teach in the small Midwestern town that is her home. Involving as they do the temper of an apathetic and prejudice ridden community, Susan's problems amount to more than most people have to face. But she is an almost frantically inquiring girl, deeply frustrated when truth is denied her in the form of unreasonable ""shouldn'ts"" and ""don'ts""-and able to turn the first shock on her job into an incentive. She discovers she was hired because of her ignorance. Influential Sampson Goad, the man who suppresses the sharecroppers and local organizations, gives her the job. But Susan oversteps him- to learn how far she can really lead her children and win a battle to throw off Goad's hold on a blind, scared community. Her efforts bear further fruit, in marriage to a crusading newsman and a scholarship that will prepare them both for the future.