Mature early teen-agers, and those in the upper teens, have a keen awareness and interest in today's labor problems. Here is a story that leaves no doubt as to the viewpoint,- clear, direct, and pro-union -- a novel of contemporary life in a New England mill town. This is the growing story of Abby Chapin, who has ""an understanding"" with her friend, Gay Bemis, son of the mill manager. As post-war union problems hit the town, the lines between labor and management become more sharply drawn. Abby finds herself irrevocably committed to the side of the working people.- Poles, Irish, American. Her beau is as irrevocably drawn to the other side, where their financial interests lie. Background of union activities, flood-town, anti-union strategy is unusual and meets a demand for this problem of today. Occasionally too talky, but on the whole an interesting romance gives the talk dramatic and human interest in its direct presentation of labor's point of view.