Away from United States' shores, Gilbert follows the path of the new order of Americans Europe particularly in the life of Michael Jones Stoddard who has been commissioned to install a supermarket in Paris. Eager, impatient and bemused in his dedication to the job on hand, his personal life has had many flaws and these become concentrated when he meets , greatly and luxuriously raised by a family not her own. His job suffers as does his own sense of superiority, when he is confronted with unfamiliar traditions. When he has to face the family she has always known and her loyalty to the father and the children, only fight in his own way to keep her and take her back home with him. When an accident to her prevents this --he, again, lands right side up in another project. This ""walking example of chaos"" has for a background business concepts of implanting American technology, progress and comfort aboard plus the concomitant conflicts with an inherited way of life, and is understanding in its coverage of the disturbances that result, even to the falling in love with a kind of life that is doomed to be changed. Timely, with tempting views of Paris.