After the death of her mother and stepfather, and at the bidding of her foster parents, Norwegian-born Karen auditions for a skating company. Despite her height and large build, about which she is very sensitive, she is accepted into the company. Her outstanding skating ability is recognized and she is elevated to solo billing as a comedienne. Karen is outspoken to her ""friends"" in the chorus who are jealous of her success. A half hearted romance with Lance, the choreographer, never flourishes because he ""plays the field"". When a prettier and newer member of the company captures his interest, Karen is miserable. But Lance returns and Karen is cheered by the thought that he will always come back to her. There is little here to recommend. Glimpses into the real world of skaters are missing. Cold lifeless characters add little to an inconsequential plot which, for the young reader, is a pointless excursion on some pretty thin ice. A disappointment.