The case of the unmarried mother, in a novel which sobs and smiles its way-albeit with British reserve- through a censorable situation when Celia, 35, gets her chance at that summer in Italy after twelve years of teaching in a girls' school. There she falls in love with Edward, who is unhappily married, and the war in which Edward is killed ends her one love affair. But quite a memory lingers on when she bears his child, a boy she repudiates and turns over to her sister. And again the war interferes when her sister is killed, Celia is given the guardianship of young Edmund. Determined to win his affection (he is wary and hostile from the start) Celia only succeeds after she acknowledges openly that he is her child, and in so doing eradicates the bitterness of this experience... The confessional uplift in a definitely refined treatment, this softens up an old, old story for rent.