Stereotyped characters, run-on plot, no flourish as things go from bad to worse in 1765 Ireland. Fifteen-year-old Larry O'Driscoll realizes that his country manners and lack of education amuse his London cousins. Their rejection and the threat of dislocation to local cotters lead him to mysterious Captain Moonlight and his Whiteboys, who ride in the night protecting the poor Irish against greedy English landlords. Code named Lt. Sunlight, he has access to rich (family) and poor (friends) alike, with time to suffer when lovely cousin Charlotte seems to prefer another. But Moonlight is embittered and narrow and Larry, feeling betrayed, decides to try Paris and the father he has never seen. The story is rambling, complicated, and filled with hackneyed class-conscious poses (a gambling young heir, a supercilious countess, an arch mannered rival). Beware -- as much fun as a potato famine.