Mary Elizabeth Clifford, disgruntled spoiled heroine who sulks when her college entrance is delayed by reverses in the family coal business which she despises. Her rebellious attitude is markedly changed by her friendship with a new neighbor, a beautiful blinded 15-year old who is justifiably rebellious at her fate. Mary Elizabeth finds helping another brings rewards in good times, now friends, new appreciation of family. Good insight into boy-girl relationships, party, dance, clothes and sturdy problems that teen agers face. New hampshire small town and relatively contemporary.