A pretty thoroughgoing, if often overwrought young novel, explores a difficult high school situation to advantage and follows the example of honesty set by Jerry Dowd, Fraternity Man (1947) . Ted Stannard is an honor student and track star about to enter Weldon Prep for a promising senior year, when he discovers he has been expelled through a trick played on him by an ill-meaning rival. Thus disgraced , Ted goes home to Lamar High resigned to become the forgotten man. But Lamar's principal who knows the advantages of a leader when he sees one, encourages Ted who starts out on the long road to winning a place for himself in entirely different and far more democratic surroundings. But where Ted's surroundings are democratic they are also suspicious and they misinterpret his motives to a degree that very nearly classifies Ted permanently as a self-interested snob. How Ted's basic honesty helps him pull out and accomplish a track record, as well as the merited good will of his classmates, makes worthwhile reading.