A would-be urbane and sophisticated novel of the interchange of lives on two sides of a post-war London street. On one side are the rich and unhappy Quendons:- Sally in love with Simon who loves nobody, both of them accepting as the norm a succession of love affairs; on the other side, the Hawkins, happily married, linking their lives with those of their tenants, the impecunious but sound Frenchman, Paul Delauney, his niece, Francoise, briefly from Paris to visit Rose Hawkins' mother, Charlotte Graham, and to a lesser extent other minor characters. Charlotte, a flighty but- the author tells us, charming- busybody, is living at Belgate with her invalided nephew, Richard Lindsay, at loose ends after the long post-war hospitalization. The plot, through devious and unnecessarily overwritten ways, chiefly concerns the minor characters. The major thread involves Richard in amatory problems which Charlotte solves; and Sally captures her errant husband's attention. So the story ends on a conventional ""all lived happily ever after"".