A Pied Piper sort of story with a wistful quality -- in the adventures of wispy 8-year old Joseph, whose mother was in the British army, and who had been spirited to a London flat, by the erratic Mrs. Atkins, left in charge of him up in the Yorkshire moors. One day, lonesome small Joseph goes for a walk, and things happen. The flat is levelled by a buzz bomb; he falls asleep in a strange car and wakes up miles away with a frightened stranger, Henderson, who is running away from responsibility. He is befriended by a gypsy queen - then by a desolate farm girl- by a fey lovely lady- and finally again by Henderson, who realizes that he must face reality, including his small charge, Joseph. There's a happy ending implicit in a story that has considerable charm in the telling.