Down in Florida's scruffy scrub country Les Turner -- who's getting to feel much older in spite of a young second wife -- has his Nature Museum-animal firm, mostly otters and gators including Caesar whom he bills as the oldest living one in captivity. Anyway Caesar is his strongest link with the past in a present which is very much out of sorts. His youngster Bubba is kind of shiftless and daydreamy. Business is bad -- few tourists -- and the law is closing down on his farm and Caesar may have to go even if he doesn't want him skinned for some watchband. And finally his niece, Dawnine, with her uncomplicated dimestore dreams, runs away with a hippie youngster. But somehow it all works out ""Like God's around somewhere, still looking after things."" Perhaps He'll look after a book like this which in terms of all those people down there might just get away -- like a snake in the sedge. One of those infrequent books with all the right .instincts and a true touch -- for anyone, any age.