April 9, 1959
Due to an accident while swimming in the sea, Francis meets the surfer Moondoggy. She’s fascinated of his sport and starts to hang out with his clique. Although they make fun of her at first, they teach her to surf. Soon she’s accepted and given the nickname “Gidget”. But it’s hard work to become more than a friend to Moondoggy.
June 2, 1961
Francis is desperate: her parents want to force her to come with them on vacation to Hawaii - just during the two weeks when her beloved “Moondoggy” is home from College. When he suggests her to go for it, she’s even more in panic - doesn’t he care to be with her? So she sets out for Hawaii in the worst mood. On the plane she meets the sociable Abby, who gives her the advice to forget about Jeff - and regrets it shortly after, when Francis follows the advice and steals her boyfriend Eddie, a famous dancer. But then Jeff discovers he’s missing Francis…
August 7, 1963
Francis, now 17, is still in love with Moondoggy. She can persuade her parents to allow them a journey to Rome, together with two of her and two of his friends. However they have to take an adult with them, so they choose Peter’s eccentric aunt. In Rome they get the beautiful guide Daniela, who’s fascinating the guys and making especially Gidget jealous. She starts looking elsewhere herself.
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