An episodic story of the growing up of a young American girl of Norwegian descent deals with the problems which face the first and second generation newcomers and natives in America. Lyng Skoglund grows up in Minneapolis, in a home where her mother, proud of her Norwegian blood and former station, neither understands nor condones her daughter's desire to be like her friends. A kind and loving grandmother intercedes and helps make the concepts and finances, which deny Lyng such pleasures as a school picnic and a new dress, more endurable. Lyng emerges from university training as a teacher, and, through her efforts to forward the backward school in the Norwegian community of New Stavanger, comes of age. Sturdy and straightfaced.