Sensible, exciting treatment of an awkward young Boston girl's experiences in romance, social rejection and the establishment of her own foundations for happiness. Peg Knackton, artistic and painfully direct in her feelings about people, comes from a middle class family with a shoe factory background. After an inheritance enables her and her family,- Mother, Father and a flighty sister, Francie,- to move to a handsome house on Brattle Street- the things Peg has only dreamed of in high school come forcefully into her life- dates, whether or not to ""keep up with the Joneses"", how to fashion a career for herself. She falls hopelessly in love with Ridge Garner, a polished Harvard law student, but it is Bill, a classmate at the Boston Museum who opens the way for Peg to study in New York. There she finds the beginnings of security in good times with Bill, her fellow students, freedom from stilted Cambridge manners that squelched talk of art and personal aspirations. Potentialities of ultimate comfort in new surroundings lead her to reject Ridge when he discovers his own mistake in love. Supporting themes- Francie's troubles with the Back Bay crowd, a glimpse at the unhappy marriage of a Harvard chemistry professor, increase the scope of a healthy novel.