Ashamed of her family's financial inability to improve their home during the Home Beautiful Campaign, and further embarrassed by their lack of concern, Ginny Gresham spends her 16th summer doing it herself. Luck is with her in the persons of friend- faithful Buff, who agrees to paint the two-story frame house ""for the fun of it,"" and a local hardware dealer willing to supply the paint in return for free advertising. Abundant fortune and energy persist, and by the end of the summer the young people have given the Gresham house a new coat of paint, a brick patio, a rejuvenated front porch, a picket fence, and a wholly new front lawn--all with materials most generously loaned, sold at cost, or donated by businessmen. While the author has a decided knack for teen-age complexities and family relationships, she spoils her plot with rather too much unaltered good fortune and a final Algeristic twist: the pay-off for Ginny is an invitation to join the Junior Club, heretofore the inner sanctum of the country club set. She is thrilled; she had considered it ""a plum impossible for her to reach."" Is virtue so rewarded, and are appearances so important?