This book starts where The Popular Crowd (1961) left off, with Sue Morgan still soul-searching her decision to break with the Popular Crowd and trying to find a replacement ambition. The opportunity arises with an offer to join the school newspaper. Next, she becomes involved with a journalistic crusade against cheating, which takes a concrete turn when the paper decides to sponsor its own slate of candidates for class officers against the usuals from the Popular Crowd. (They cheat. Not only that, they aren't interested in the welfare of the school, are already jaded, etc.) On the personal level, Sue has to worry about whether to go steady with the charming but weak Don Marshall (he cheats) or the newspaper editor Hank Henderson (he doesn't); whether or not to go along with her ambitious mother's plans for her to go East to college (all the Popular Girls are); and facing up to the family financial problems. These are all problems that the normal teenager is likely to confront -- but in much greater depth than in Sue Morgan's simple world.