on the back cover:
When lively, red-headed, Sallie McBride graduates from college, she looks forward to the life of a proper young lady - parties, trips, eventual marriage, and perhaps a little light social work. But Judy and Jervis Pendleton, Sallie's college roommate and her philanthropist husband, have other plans for her. It seems they feel that the John Grier Home (first encountered in the author's Daddy-long-legs) is in need of a new superintendent, and that Sallie would be just right as head of the orphanage.
She's not too sure how she got there, but Sallie, with her maid and her dog, wakes up one morning in the grim surroundings of the asylum and immediately sets to work to change everything...only to encounter the home's doctor, Sandy MacRae, who has ideas of his own. Dr. MacRae becomes the "Dear Enemy" of this epistolary novel as his single-minded pursuit of orphan health frequently collides with Sallie's equal emphasis on cheerful surroundings, appealing food, and stimulating education. Everyday brings some new and often hilarious upheaval as Sallie and Sandy battle settlement of their own tangled relationship.