On the second page you suddenly realize you're reading another movie disguised as a book. A metamorphosis takes place and you become a beret-bedecked casting director. Wesley Barrow (a Jack Lemmon natural), minor account executive, is unexpectedly summoned to the President's (?) office. Wes, a life-time Horatio Alger fan, dreams of the Algerish possibilities as the elevator soars. Is this his Big Chance? Not quite. President Dockman is retiring and has picked Wesley to assist him in a supposedly philanthropic return to their mutual hometown. This news is almost as painful as Wes' boyhood memories. Number one scar is Pat Morrison (Elizabeth Ashley) whom he lost to his best friend at the end of an abortive adolescence. The homecoming finds society mother Pat more than glad to see him but two other old acquaintances- sweet Cindy Birch (Natalie Wood) and sexy Hazel Skinner (Carol Baker) help him to keep his mind off the past. Meanwhile, unknown to our hero, Dockman is carrying out a very uncharitable scheme... Doris Day appeal.