Red-haired and eighteen years old, Andy Fielding starts college life in Colorado. Happy, secure, anxious to learn, she reads of her mother's and father's impending divorce in a copy of her hometown newspaper. Her world collapses around her; security is replaced by doubts that even her friend Jim McGinnis and their involvement in a rehabilitation project for delinquents cannot dispel. Andy's effect on her ""little sister"" Lucita, a 13-year-old shoplifter, and Jim's work with Al, a rebellious product of slum life, make up the bulk of the story. Al's and Lucita's striving toward a better life against discouraging odds give Andy new purpose in a life she must make for herself, without bitterness, and with confidence in herself and hope in the future. The story, while underplaying college life, moves quickly and well through rather stock situations, but this doesn't take away from a different plot with likable young people. It will hold especial interest for young girls in Andy's family situation.