A sprig of broom (planta genista) is Medley Plashet's only clue to the dangerous family name which has kept his father on the move and out of church (not even daring to wed Medley's mother Anis) ever since the battle of Bosworth Field. When Dick Plashet disappears from the forest as abruptly as he came, Anis (""so wise with herbs and brews"" -- and so unwise in coddling the cat indoors) is soon stoned as a witch, and Medley is taken in by the lamed Mallorys. Medley sets out to uncover his Yorkist bloodlines in order to prove himself worthy of Catherine Mallory (daughter of lewis and Cecily whose match was made in The Lark and The Laurel, 1970), but shuns the speculative title of pretender as his father did before him. Friends of Richard III, followers of the Mallory family fortunes and fans of a well turned bend sinister and royal will be pleased to see the younger generation so neatly and favorably disposed of, but Medley himself is neither remarkable nor particularly palusible. He draws his strenght from the sturdy scenery of the English countryside and the controversial aura of his illustrious ancestor.