Lindy hates her new, young stepmother, Millie, and still pines for her feckless but loving mother, who ran off with a handsome salesman. Meanwhile, Dad is wrapped up in his pretty, pregnant wife, who has ""a little red pouting mouth and ice-queen eyes."" They pack Lindy off to her aunt's till the baby comes, but Lindy doesn't get along with her waspish aunt and teasing cousin; instead, she moves in next door ""to help"" aging, invalid Miss Ellie, the epitome of a southern lady. But though Miss Ellie is fond of her, her routine is dull for Lindy; and Lindy's presence makes extra work for the loving but hard-pressed black maid, Maybelle. When baby Carole comes, baby and mother are both perilously frail; in caring for them, kindy begins to establish bonds with both, while finally recognizing her ambivalence toward her missing mother and making peace with Dad. While this is a sharply observed picture of believable characters in 30's New Orleans, none of them is really sympathetic; Lindy is so sorry for herself that she wears out the reader as well as her family. Stepmother Millie, the self-centered belle, speaks (unlike most other characters) in a phonetically indicated drawl (""Ah've given her one whole yeah!"") and is particularly disagreeable. Capably written, and dealing with real issues, but not pleasant.