There's an element of satire in this story of Mark Yeoman and his life, as he tumbleweeds through two wars -- and two marriages, never putting down roots -- always seeking fulfillment on the next horizon. Unsure of himself -- less popular than his brother Pat, Mark accepts the family's drifting with the current, until he finds Jeanne, in France, during the first World War. But before he can return to claim her, he is precipitated into marriage with Sally, who claims she is carrying Pat's child. The marriage provides some security and reaches its peak when Mark's daughter is born -- and then everything crashes when Sally and both children are killed in a motor accident. Again Mark drifts, over Europe, through successive affairs, eventually into playwriting as a profession. Anne provides him with the last and best love of his life, the children he wants, the hope he needs. And -- World War II behind him -- 1950 sends him to South Africa to begin a new. A reflection of the life and society of the periods, but not handled in ""pop"" vein.