Panacea summer. The Bannings are initiating divorce proceedings, so sixteen-year-old Wendy is visiting Aunt Lu and Uncle Jerry at their turreted Long Island home. The cousins Peter, Sarah and Becky take some of her time; she also meets Marta Bekassy, a contemporary Hungarian refugee, and her handsome brother Nick, a rival to former steady Kevin back in New York. Clamming, country-clubbing and learning to cook, she successfully petitions for preservation of the local octogenarian's home; more importantly, and less realistically, she precipitates her parents' ""Let's try again"" when Dad suffers a heart attack. The smaller concerns range from household accident to pink corsage; the central problems, with two adjectives for every noun, are overdrawn and underdeveloped.