The prolific author of Goodness and Mercy Jenkins (1963, p. 723, J-247) and other titles for teenagers here presents a rare, realistic picture of a disorganized, rootless family. Despite the fact that he has a sixteen-year-old daughter (Meg) and younger twin sons, Mark London remains what he has always been-- an irresponsible artist and an unconcerned father. A summer of leisure on Block Island reveals Mark at his jolly, carefree best and at his hard, self-centered worst. Meg tolerates her father's bizarre ways until she nearly reaches the breaking point. Finally, in the interest of his family, Mark accepts a high paying teaching position, but despite the concession, he does remain basically the same, and does not don the robes of a high priest of ""Togetherness"". Romance on two age levels (Mark's and Meg's) occurs at intervals throughout. Excellent reading.