Twins Jean and Laurie have not been at the High School for long. They are both shy, and although most of their classmates are willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, the twins have been uncommunicative for so long, most of the other girls have ceased to bother with them. The twins don't like it, and indeed some of their classmates are worried about it too. This gives the start of the book an interesting tension.
This situation probably would have carried on for months, had not the form been collecting to fund a child's cot in the local hospital. The third form have fallen behind, and are some way off their £2.00 target. Everyone can contribute a little something to the total, surely? says the form mistress. In Jean and Laurie's case, no, they can't. They're staying with their grandmother, who doesn't believe in pocket money, and the girls therefore have nothing to give. They're too proud to explain, and so appear to their form as misers. They are determined not to spill the beans on their grandmother, whom they love, and are desperate to earn money somehow to contribute to the cot. They decide to sell their watches. On the way to sell them, they come across a man ill treating a pony and they trade in their watches for the pony.
There is some rubbing and little bumping to the covers. Also, there is a small tear at the top of the spine. There is an inscription on the front free end paper dated "July 1933". Internally, the pages are clean and the binding is tight.