Judith West gives a polished performance depicting Mia Stanley, a young woman from a wealthy and influential Philadelphia family. Mia comes to believe shes a born matchmaker, but she cant find a romantic interest of her own. So she launches a journalism career instead. West captures her familys dismay, and Mias resentment, when her father orders her to stop writing for GODEYS LADIES BOOK. She adeptly depicts Mias shock and concern after visiting seamans wives on the Philadelphia docks and learning of their victimization: physical and sexual abuse, even their children being sold for bad debts. With clarity of narration, textured characterizations, and cultural authenticity, West brings to life Mias ensuing fight for higher wages, reduced hours, and the return of the seamans children.