To others in the California town of Bensonville, Leigh Ann Benson, the General's eighteen-year-old daughter, is an object of envy. But to Leigh Ann there is nothing enviable in the luxurious imprisonment which is her life. Her yearning to leave her father's authoritarian domain grows to the point of obsession. She dreams of running away from home and finding sanctuary with a family who tour the Sacramento River in a houseboat, providing wholesome entertainment for the children of migratory workers. Desire, ultimately, is tempered with understanding and Leigh Ann, strong in a new-found romance, looks forward to an education which will enable her to return to her home on her own terms. A pleasant, if somewhat predictable variation of the poor little rich girl theme, this story gains scope through its interpretation of the migratory worker problem.