The heroine, a California economics major, is intent on a diplomatic career as a Foreign Service Officer. Although her factual answers are more than adequate, she is deferred as not yet being fully mature. When she is given an opportunity to serve in a clerical capacity, she accepts in the hope that while on tour of duty she will arrive at the required level of adulthood. An assignment in a North African Hardship area and a subsequent one in Paris, give her the necessary dimension even though, ultimately, she rejects a formal Officer's position in order to fulfill the rigorous duties of an Officer's wife. A more than adequate depiction of the Foreign Service careers available to young women, a warm and understanding picture of life in a Muslem Community, and a heroine who is both serious and to some extent an individual, render this a teen-age career adventure a good cut above the average.