Always imaginative, always sensitive to her own feelings, Eva Gullberg had the startling ability to sustain pain and cruel memories with a basic, fiercely driven thirst for life, much to the admiration of her stepmother with whom she had excellent rapport. Despite the intellectual demands of school life in Stockholm, Eva not only toed the mark, but, with her agile mind, could nullify the sarcasm of even the most hostile professor by applying knowledge, charm and self-composure. The violence of a sudden automobile crash killing one member of her foursome Eva to reaffirm the miracle of her own ""aliveness"" while it has an opposite effect on her closest friend. The coming of Spring brings David Wahlstrom into her life, a most opportune time for meeting a wonderful young man. But the season becomes cold and faded at its very height when David mysteriously discontinues the relationship. He returns when he is able to face his own desire for a deeper, more entangling alliance, something too frightening for him to do before. Disconnected odd strands seem to float loosely through the story, but detract little from the fine prose and insightful characterization of an adolescent girl and her beau. Teenagers insulted by the array of cliche ""novels"" should find this refreshing.