Fran; Bert; Jerry Hopper; Miss Brooks (teacher); Fran's Parents; Policeman; Stolen Car Owner; High School Students
Bert and Fran have been perceived as a couple for years but in high school Fran craves a kind of excitement Bert apparently cannot provide. She dates bad boy Jerry Hopper. When he involves her in a stolen car incident, she returns to Bert who promises to do his best to provide her with the romantic excitement and attention she needs.
Emily; Helen; Emily's Mother; Phil Menti (Emily's lover); John Wainor (Helen's lover)
Helen and Emily are cousins, and, when Emily's mother shows a preference for Helen, Emily spitefully uses all her wiles to snare Helen's boyfriend, John. Helen generously steps out of the way for her cousin, and Emily is overwhelmed with second thoughts about her cruel conduct. She leaves John and returns to Phil.
Pam Rogers; Adam Wilson; Don (trailer bum); Pam's Parents; Miss Green (teacher); Mrs. Easton (Adam's grandmother); Newspaper Vendor
Pam's father is an engineer and is transferred frequently around the country. The family lives in a trailer and Pam enters one high school after another. The kids call her trailer trash. At a new school, Adam takes an interest in her but she lies to him about her background, fearing he may drop her if the truth is known. She says she's wealthy Mrs. Easton's grandaughter. He knows she is not because he is Mrs. Easton's grandson. He dates her, falls in love, and proposes. They plan marriage after graduation and his service in the armed forces.
Lisa Powell; Pat Knowlton; Helen (Lisa's friend); Dick (Lisa's boyfriend); Lisa's Parents; Aunt Bess (Pat's aunt); Wedding Guests
Lisa lives in a small seaside tourist town and has been going with Dick, a surf fisherman, for two years. She drops him when he cannot make a decision about marriage. Lisa desperately wants to get out of town. She meets Pat, a lonely tavern operator who promises her everything she wants. After a brief courtship, they marry. Lisa learns from friends at the wedding that Pat's tavern is a distinguished landmark in Washington, D.C..
Rhoda; Frank (college reporter); Len (college halfback); College Students; Street Kids
Rhoda is new to college life. She wants to date the big men on campus and join the "right crowd". She brushes off decent, quiet Frank to date rule-breaking bad boy Len and to pal around with his fast crowd. When Len orders her to take the blame for what appears to be a hit-and-run accident, she realizes he is a heel and drops him. Eventually, she finds a satisfying romance with Frank.