An English novel that inquires into the lives of both the clergy and the poor, and touches on the middle men in the interim. Although accordion-styled, with long arduous pulls in practically every scene, this manages to cover in an interesting fashion such areas as blackmail, old maid twitterings over tea cups, the seduction of a respected clergyman by a prostitute. Through the flaccid drunkard, Eric Parker, Reverend Bobs Dewson learns that his son, Ren, is wanted by the police. As Bobs is in line for a canonry, this is an undesirable situation and the Reverend sets out to hunt for wayward Ron. In London, prim, repressed Bobs is sucked under by Ron's prostitute friend, May, and in due time breaks the seventh commandment... An astute, decadent study of the effect of sin upon a stalwart member of the church, and also a cleverly handled glimpse into a group of small towners. But not for all tastes.