A beautiful, brainy woman ditches the lazy pleasures of Florida when she falls head over heels in love with the Chicago Board of Trade. By the author of The Chosen Prey (1982) and nonfiction The Don (1976) and Josh Gibson (1978). The girl with the lust for futures contracts is Joanie Yff. Joanie should be a nobody. Her daddy was a handsome blond sailor passing through Pensacola with no intention of marrying Joanie's mother. But regular support money from Daddy, a good example in her mother, an appetite for hard work (she's put herself through business school as a hairdresser), and an amazing head for figures have armed Joanie with just the right weapons to make it in the business world--and a chance contact with Ken Korngold, a high-powered trader from Chicago, is just the push she needs to head her for one of the world's wildest and most exciting financial markets. Joanie's plan to cut hair and study business at the University of Illinois disappears when she runs into Korngold and goes to work as a clerk for his firm. The close exposure to the boss and to the trading pits is exciting, and it's the right track to become a trader. Then a fallout with Korngold over the sad fate of a fellow clerk sends her to another firm--and the chance to go on the floor as one of the wheeler-dealers. There's a romance with a nice fellow trader, but the real action is all at the Board of Trade, where Joanie has to go to war with her old boss and dodge a gang of federal investigators. Moves with the madhouse pace of the trading floor. And Joanie is an extremely endearing commercial pirate with no deplorable yuppie characteristics.