With a story that is nothing special, this however does present a loving portrait of a majestic, humorously indomitable 70-year old Frenchwoman, Madame Delatour and her forceful and subtle methods in salvaging three lives. First, as refugee in America, she adopts Frances Barton, brash, mean, and unwanted teen-ager. Then, returned to Paris, she takes first Michel, suffering from amnesia, and then starved and homeless Sigismond. Madame brooks no interference, achieves her ends in devious ways, faces every crisis with some sort of solution. Through her Frances develops from a ruthless little harpy into an understanding woman; Michel is reclaimed from enveloping frustration, Sigismond learns the power of love, security, happiness. There are excellent touches of the refugee French in America, postwar Paris, and the whole, if unbuttressed with much susbstance of plot, is mounted in warm sympathy.