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Gordon Slide and Blythe Holloway are juniors at a small college in southern California. Their platonic relationship is based primarily upon a common bond of parental neglect. As Easter vacation approaches, Gordon learns that his divorced mother expects him to vacation with her in Hawaii, and Blythe realizes that her father, a busy senator, wants her to join him in Denver. The two youngsters decide it would be more fun to spend the 2 weeks together, and they set themselves up at Gordon's mother's "beach pad" at Balboa. All goes well until the boat they are sailing capsizes; whereupon Blythe is rescued by an amorous Coast Guardsman named Seppi La Barba. Blythe becomes immediately attracted to the young man and suddenly finds herself playing hostess to a rowdy crowd of Coast Guardsmen and civilians. Their wild party is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of Gordon's mother and Blythe's father. Accusations follow, but eventually the parents realize how wrong their assumptions are. In the confusion, Gordon and Blythe discover that their feelings for each other are much more than platonic. Consequently, when they return to college, they begin making plans for another vacation--in a mountain hideaway in Wyoming owned by Gordon's uncle.