Orphaned and nearly sixteen years old, Stina Sandblom leaves her village home to live with her sister and her husband in a tiny apartment in Stockholm. When a baby adds his nightly crying, the cramped quarters become even more unbearable. Stina's schoolwork suffers until kindly neighbors offer her a room and conspire with her sister and village friends to fix it just the way her room in her parents' home had been. Stina not only finds a physical place for herself, but she also takes a place in the affections of new classmates and by Commencement she no longer fees strange and countrified. The novel is well-written, and smoothly translated from the Swedish. It presents a realistic picture of adolescent development.