Though the untimely death of 19-year old Margaret's parents flung her rudely into an insecure lonely world in Stockholm, pride and determination kept her integrity as a human being intact. She chose an independent existence rather than continuing her education at the expense of unfriendly but dutiful relatives. In turn she was a factory worker, a domestic, a governess and finally a successful cafe proprietor. One glimpse of ea solution was short-lived when the discovery of an ""original"" Van Gogh in her attic proved to be only a copy. Once more her strong desire to continue her education suffered a set-back and again she striken out on her own. In her associations with a varied assortment of people she runs the gamut of human qualities. Eventually, her own efforts and the kindness of a friend are rewarded with success. A budding romance has a happy ending too. Realistic elements fail to counterbalance a formless, uneven plot, lacking an essential sense of drama and climax, while the Swedish setting might be any place.