Gerald ran away from home because he found his stepfather, whom everyone knew as Pin, completely despicable. He went to a cottage by Greenrain, a sheep farm in the English Lakeland whose beauty had impressed Gerald when he traveled by there once with his true father. He lived with the elderly Lanty Jessup, and he watched Greenrain, and he soon discovered that poor Lanty had been blackmailed into assisting a massive smuggling operation which Pin supervised and that Pin's group planned to steal Greenrain's valuable sheep. The final, massive righting of wrongs and happily ever after-is complex and very contrived, and altogether this story is much less satisfactory than the author's excellent Talargain. The descriptions of the attractive Lake District are very well done, however, and so are some of the characterizations.