Afflicted with cerebral palsy, young Sally Copeland had spent five years at the Home for Handicapped Children. Though she had dreamed of coming home for good, she anticipated her arrival with great fear. How would she manage a normal life? How would she fit into her busy bustling family? Thanks to mother's special understanding and her family's desire to see Sally gain a degree of independence despite the crutches, self doubt gradually diminishes. At school, Sally is given a chance to focus outside of herself. And at home, she is challenged by a new responsibility -- training Susie, a brand new puppy. But it is her identification with Piet Jansen, a young Dutch boy, crippled and totally anti-social, that Sally appreciates the importance of joining humanity. As several handicapped children become involved in the Pooch Academy for training pets, they experience the rewards of substituting hard work for self pity. Handled with sensitivity, this provides insight into the problems and development of handicapped children.