In a different vein from The Ark and Rowan Farm which were two stories of post-war German refugees, this takes life under more ""normal"" conditions in the enchanting little town of Vogelsang. But Vogelsang is enchanted too- bewitched- and its temporary predicament is most strongly felt by young Anemone, whose father, Mr. Florus, runs a nursery. When, out of the kindness of his heart Mr. Florus takes in a housekeeper, Ilsebill, and her son, Erwin, the pair turn out to be the wickedest, most cleverly deceptive tyrants Anemone has ever run into. Their arrival coincides with the disappearance of a statue and a gargoyle from Vogelsang's cathedral. With Ilsebill and Erwin around, Anemone can no longer stand it at home and runs off to her Aunt Gundula who is a painter. But even further complications arise, for the supposed theft of the statues causes a local set-to between the Mayor and Anemone's three learned uncles, and, before matters are adjusted, more than a few strange events occur. Real story telling, this has clever satire and the ringing clarity of German forest land.