Poor Mother England. Rhodesia made the break, the IRA is still stalking the Irish hills, and now, according to this novel, another clan is preparing to declare its independence. Its Scotland and it's all James Douglas' affair as we follow the ins and outs of his spirited political maneuver. But other concerned parties include Douglas' son, Archie, who is taking over the grand old man's industrial empire and in the process becoming a man (he abandons his shrewish wife for a sturdy Irish nanny). And there's Douglas' daughter, a modern sculptress who is having her problems with a proud but shy one-armed lover. The scene focuses primarily on Douglas who is carefully prepared and when his newly formed paper ""The New Scot"" hits the street and his meticulously gleaned candidates go into action, England is aroused. What follows is designed to show that Mother England is more like Big Brother but all this really amounts to is a Highland fling.