Thriller, adventure packed, in the borderline area of the Pacific Northwest. Two young people become enmeshed in some mysterious and questionable activities. One is a youth wanted by the police for escape from a reform school; the other a girl trying to be man of the family in her dead father's stead, and to buck the predatory activities of her dissolute stepmother. This phase of the story alone might raise question of suitability in some minds- so a word of warning. On the adventure side- and the really unusual handling of a rocky road to romance, the story will appeal to the upper teens as well as to adults.