A girl, an individualist with an inferiority complex, wins the hearts of her more conventional classmates in a refreshingly honest and introspective novel about high school seniors. Petra Stewart is an ugly duckling, with ungroomed hair, glasses and peculiar tastes in clothes, who has been only a short time at Millville before her drawings are accidentally displayed at a pep meeting for a school operetta. From then on the impulsively friendly girl gets into the swim, helps edit the newspaper and yearbook, designs play scenery, coaches football star and class president, Bill, through biology. She feels sorry for Bill who in a moment of misguided loyalty invites her to the prom. But previously skeptical girl classmates give with some well directed glamour hints and though they don't make everything rosy, things improve. Perhaps Petra has an easier time of it than some, but she's a strong girl and her achievements, warmly told, should inspire.