Kate Fawcett, stern but fair Superintendent of Nurses, thinks of the girls in her charge almost as daughters. Hester is interested only in books, hard boiled Gloria is waiting for her guy to return from Korea, sentimental Betsy wants a man, Ann has a past she tries desperately to keep hidden, and Elaine and Molly share a strange and incriminating secret. Laurie and Celia are new probationers; one is full of ideals and the other is just looking for a job. One of the girls is murdered and Julia Robertson, a policewoman working her first homicide, is called in. Julia is determined to solve the baffling mystery and does, but not before another girl's life has been jeopardized, and not before one of the most terrifying climaxes ever written.