The poor little rich boy theme combines with the rags to riches tale in this story of Hugo Allen who had everything but love and Walter Campbell who wanted only success. Fate brought these two together into an unlikely friendship when Hugo's mother and Walter's father, the gardener on the Allen estate, were killed in a road accident. Prodded by Walter's hypocritical mother, the distraught elder Allen promises that her son should have the same advantages as Hugo. They both go to Harvard; they both fall in love with the same girl (Walter wins her hand); they both go overseas in the first World War--Walter as an officer, Hugo as an ambulance driver; and they both eventually get what they want--a sterile success for priggish Walter, affection and respect from the Cornish country folk among whom Hugo lives as an artist. For all that this novel was unfinished at the author's death, its theme embellished by the author's wit and insight is adequately developed for reader enjoyment in a novel that should delight all of Ann Parrish's following.