Small-town shopgirl Virginia Lucas has just won the state-wide Personality Girl contest and is on her way to Hollywood to begin a movie career. She’s unaware that state senator George Forrester and an old high school friend, wealthy Mildred Gately, have rigged the competition. Having willingly accepted the aid of cynical publicity agent Jerry Force, Virginia is anxious to leave town. An orphan, she’ll miss her young nephew, Boy, but not her hateful sister, Maude. Before she departs, she’s accosted by Hugh Farmer, a rich young rancher she met a couple days before. He declares his love for her and proposes marriage. She’s startled and turns him down flat.
Readers don’t know what will happen to Virginia in Hollywood, but they do know how the novel will end. Guys like Hugh don’t show up in these sorts of stories for no purpose. Which puts pressure on the author to provide a reason to read the book. Unfortunately, Virginia, whose main personality trait is petulant self-righteousness, is far short of compelling. As a prospective movie star, she isn’t even believable. In addition, Jerry, the only interesting ancillary character, disappears half-way through the book. The author fails even to provide a clear picture of the film industry in action. Whatever success the novel may have had as a romantic fantasy seventy-five years ago, it’s only of minor historical interest today.