The author of Christy, that pleasant romance published in 1960, and of The in , appeals again to the early teems. Elleen, who is 14, and her 8-year-old brother, , lose their attractive father and build a new life with their mother working. A year later their father's mother, suffering from remorse, them to her luxurious home for the Christmas holidays. Difficulties with an grandmother, a beautiful young cousin, a prospective step-father are over-shadowed by the presence of 17-year-old . His attention and support are just what Elleen needs, and visit changes all of their lives for the better. Too often the author violates pleasurable reality with unbelievable of character in the adults, and forces elements of mystery and danger, but this shouldn't bother her readers unduly.