Al is a boy in trouble when he is sent on parole to Bonita County Camp, a reformatory in western United States. Child of a discordant marriage, he has been hopelessly pampered by a hysterical mother and now, in his late teens, already has a record that spells danger. A dedicated administrator and his sympathetic wife help him yield to the constructive program of the camp, and after several severe battles with himself which include an attempted escape, he accepts his role in society and prepares himself to become a teacher in the camp. This ""there are no bad boys"" story does not mince words. It approaches a realism which is very foreign to teen-age books and reaches its conclusion with force and conviction.