Here are frills -- and implausible situations and characters -- and an impression of things being sharply black and white, but in spite of all that, thoroughly readable. A mondaine mother finds disappointment in her earnest daughter Crystal, and decides to remake her. She goes in for beautifying and redressing in a big way, thrusts her out into society as bait for good prospects in the matrimonial market -- and ends by losing her own prize beau, a famous icthyologist, to the daughter. Crystal deserts the field and tries the Riviera where her father holds forth. But true love wins out.