Jessie Brant is an appealing 9 year old hoyden, but who is her f(r)iend? Is it Mary Martha Oakley whose mother's divorce has unleashed an irrational hatred of all men? Or the childless Virginia Arlington next door who tries to appropriate Jessie (and her father)? Or is it Charlie Gowen, a paroled psychopath with a record of little girl watching and -------? The situation here is equidistant between open sympathy and mute menace, and the most is made of each.