Another tangled, implausible, but cheery diversion for Mark Treasure--this time involving two aging applicants to a bankrupt retired soldiers' home, cabbie Benjamin Gold and Major Roderick Copper, who devise a kidnap plot to finance the home's salvation: they'll nab Pierre Cruba, son of the temporarily exiled (and apparently rich) President of Ngonga in West Africa! Pierre has his own reasons for helping Gold and Copper engineer the fake kidnapping and the half-million pound ransom. And complications ensue, in wild profusion, as Cruba senior is almost killed and the alcoholic soldiers'-home manager is found dead. Treasure gets involved too, of course: one of his banking departments administers (more or less) the Trust that funds the soldiers' home. So there's the usual mix of comedy, farce, and happy endings--enjoyable folderol for those who can suspend logic and those who don't get frazzled by manically (foolishly) layered plots.