When hospital candy-striper Abby Monroe receives a distressed call from Chicago to come and baby-sit for a family recently moved from her home town, she goes with uneasy feelings. Intuition is right. Mr. Bennett has some top-secret evidence against an important man and must find a way to protect his small son. Accepting the responsibility, Abby farms little Skip out at her sister's kindergarten; then spends the following three months agonized by delusions (sometimes) of being watched and followed. The story manages to remain plausible, and though the whole is mild, there is suspense and a small surprise at the end. The boy-next-door romance is not very original but it is warm and humorous. This author makes no pretensions at profundity, and the result is good escape reading for readers of girls' stories, nurse stories, and mysteries .