Nothing seems to work for Terry. When she tries to cook, the eggs explode; when she does the laundry, the basket overturns; when she applies ""logic"" to mathematics, she fails the subject. But Terry's more pressing problems are her relationships with others. Certain that her mother and brother Tommy reject her, Terry tries to be what they expect. But only when she emerges from the depths of self pity, does she recognize her real trouble. Through a little neighbor who idolizes her, Terry begins to recognize her own responsibility toward others, and through mother's more open understanding she learns to accept herself as she is. Terry's summer is an enlightening time for her and a provocative experience for her readers.