Her friends playfully called her "Daisy" and "Little Ship," but there was nothing childish about Juliette Gordon Low (1860-1927). The founder of the Girl Scouts was forced by circumstances to make her own way. Her marriage was a disaster from the start: On her wedding day, a freak accident (a grain of rice became lodged in her ear) deprived her of most of her hearing and things got even worse. Her husband kept a live-in mistress and when he died in the midst of divorce proceedings, it was discovered that he cut his wife out of the estate. Juliette responded with feminist resolve. Following the lead of Baden-Powell's British Boy Scouts, she launched the Girl Scouts in 1912. This biography, on the centennial of that proud movement, pays homage to a resilient, fascinating woman.