A likeable story of a boy on his own for the first time- on a summer cross- country trek from Connecticut to California. Robin persuades his mother and his prestige- minded father (who wants him to enter Yale) to let him go west with an irresponsible golfing friend, Butch. The boys play to earn money caddying along the way, but Robin soon sees Butch's serious faults and goes on alone. He meets friends of his father, plays in junior tournaments and in Los Angeles finds a temporary romance and a spot on a quiz show that eases his financial difficulties. He decision to go to Yale, if on his own terms, if finally reached. Rather a disappointment after Highpockets (1948) but par for this course.