By the author of Raff (1948) Jinks of Jayson Valley (1950) and other boy-dog mystery-adventures, here is a new one set in lower east side New York. Neil, who has known a better life, has come to live there with his widowed mother and to go to P.S. 12. He has a tough time at first with tough boys but as Neil proves his own bravery, the gang softens, accepts Neil and turns away from one of its members who has been getting them into too much trouble. Then friendship with Corky, whose uncle is a Fireman, leads to more adventure as a pyromaniac threatens the community and as Neil is instrumental in his capture. Just rewards give Neil and his mother a new financial security and Neil the ownership of Smoky, the firehouse dalmatian.