As Sally tells it, her family is quite a group. Mother especially is unorthodox in her passion for Great Books, music and above all gardening. When older sister Bev appears with her fiance, Sally becomes involved in the whole question of recognizing the signs of love. Surely her parents' brand could not be authentic, what with father presenting mother with a load of manure for her garden as a Mother's Day gift. The closest Sally herself has come to romance is the state of sarcastic enmity that exists between herself and Bugsy, her brother's best friend. The summer brings the Colorado hills and Sally's first real heart throb, Jim Sheridan. But, unfortunately, this does not work out. Then suddenly Bugsy runs off with the family auto and sure enough heads straight into an accident. Sally's reaction to this brings her own feelings into awareness as tinsel and shining armor melt away and she focuses on no one but good old gruesome Bugsy. This is strictly for fun, though the humor does wear thin in spots. Sally claims to be a high school junior; we think she is more appropriately placed in junior high school.