Troy MacDonald, 18 year old tomboy, her friend Flip, and Flip's cousin, Harriet, are guided on a five week tour of Italy and France by John Rayment, 28-year old childhood friend of Troy. She falls in and out of love with John; learns compassion and understanding for others; gains respect for herself and a new maturity. All four characters do a bit of growing as a result of the man hungry machinations of Harriet. While the story starts well it quickly degenerates to stock situations, stilted dialogue, and unmotivated emotional upheavals. Even the glory that was Rome cannot rescue this novel from its predictability and lack of convincing, real people. Aimed at the 16 through 18 year old girl, this book will satisfy only the most indiscriminate young reader of romances.