Third in line (friends The Miss Boyds and Muriel are the predecessors) Monica's story is told by Janet Sandison, now Mrs. Alexander, against the early years of her marriage to Twice. Having known and liked the wealthy Lady Monica during the war, Janet is warm in having her come to live with them in their newly remodeled home and only becomes aware of trouble when an accident causes her to break her back and lose her baby. Then, with the threat of paralysis and an invalid's depressive suspicions, she begins to wonder about Twice and Monica but, with walking becoming a reality, Twice assures her that Monica repels him. Monica's next action -- a disappearance -- makes Janet more unfriendly until a visit to her home, Roachfar, gives Janet a chance to hear Monica's reason for trying to wreck the marriage, and to repair their friendship with a cure for Monica's loneliness and unhappiness. This sassy Highland lassie is maturing through this series but her sanity and comic sense, her feeling for people (and words), her love of Scotland, keep her faults (which are few) from showing.