Chronologically, this follows The Building of Jalna -- and precedes Jalna- though there is still chance to fill many connecting links. Adeline is elderly -- and a widow; Philip, her youngest son, heir to Jalna, is a widower, with Rennie and Meg, his beloved home and his horses. And Ernest, in London, chooses in haste, Mary Wakefield, inappropriately lovely and inexperienced, as governess for the children and sends her out to Canada. She and Philip are attracted to each other; the household and the neighborhood buzz; but it is not until the family returns from England that the storm in all its fury breaks. Old Adeline tries to put a spoke in the wheel, and almost succeeds. But, just in time, Philip does a Lochinvar and Mary yields and the novel ends with wedding bells... A contrived tale, which can scarcely resuscitate the flagging interest in the fortunes of the Jalna clan. But there are enough uncritical devotees to supply considerable impetus to sales and rentals.