Cranemere is ""20,000 acres on a great plain toward the Southern tip of Africa,"" where the heat ""is the most positive and formidable thing,"" nearly but not quite desert, ""full with a teeming and exhuberant life."" There Eve Palmer grew up, and there she has learned the history of the Karoo, with its fossils revealing the earliest link between reptile and mammal, its forgotten highway travelled by such men as Colonel Robert Gordon, Le Vaillant, William Cornwallis Harris, William Burchell.... Then there are the animals and birds of the Karoo which persist although ""a great company of wild animals has gone""-- the springbuck, the blue crane, the cobra, the scorpion; the locusts (""one of the most formidable creatures of the earth""). And trees--Cycads, and the masters of thirst, the water-roots which are so important to those who live on the land. Mrs. Palmer handles them all with perception and dispatch...and appreciation. For those who wish to view ""another part of the forest,"" or the plain, as the case may be.