The day after high school graduation finds Chris Ralston as gloomy and miserable as ever. The Home scholarship which rightfully belonged to her was awarded to someone whose fine school spirit made the difference. Determined to save money, Chris lands a job in a fish cannery where she advances from packer, to slimer to general ""bird-dog"" errand girl and trucker. The cold, wet, obnoxious atmosphere of the cannery is in sharp contrast to the warm, jovial personalities of its employees. Even Chris manages to get rid of the heavy chip on her shoulder, crack a smile and do something about her dowdy appearance. And her contribution to Swanson's Sea Food is rewarded with a scholarship to the college of her choice. Miss Nelson's power to evoke the life in a cannery is considerable though her ability to breathe life into a story is questionable.