In the second in a series about the four Sebastian sisters, each seen as she reaches her 16th birthday, the second sister faces tragedy and hard times. As the book opens, fortunes are on the upswing, with father Nick moving his family to a new town with fresh entrepreneurial possibilities. To further his own contacts, he volunteers Thea as a Friendly Visitor to a local hospital. Reluctant but accommodating, Thea is assigned to Gina, who has leukemia. As she becomes more involved with Gina--as well as with Kip, Gina's older brother--the other Sebastians are drawn into events that culminate at a Thanksgiving dinner with Gina and her family as guests. But the holiday turns tragic as Gina begins a final decline and the youngest Sebastian is involved in a near-fatal accident. At the close, Nick has had another reversal, and the family again faces hard times. Like its predecessor, this has interesting characters and an involving, if melodramatic, plot. It is, however, marred by a plodding style with uneven dialogue. Still, an enjoyable story that deals with some thought-provoking issues.