Crumpled, falling like a rag doll""--Donnie Muller had fainted in history class. Striding across the room, stepping over desks which blocked his path, rough, handsome Mitch Donaldson picked up the limp, pale girl and carried her off to the nurse's office. From what appears to be a standard day dream for typical teenage romance, the author goes on to the consideration of a pertinent practical problem. A difficult, fat step-sister, an unconcerned stepmother, and a strict, fiery tempered father add up to a rugged home life for the girl; proud, unrealistic parents partially bring about an unsteady situation for the boy. Mitch thinks he is solving problems for Donnie and himself when he ""carries her off"" again,-- this time across the state border to get married. From this point on, the author is less given to flowery writing, and presents a realistic picture of the struggle which ensues. When the two drop-outs discover that jobs are unavailable for non-graduates, they give up and return home to finish school. On this score, the book is fiction with obvious value; the author has attacked a continuing problem and come up with an optimistic but plausible conclusion.