A new line of country for Household -- he would indeed be a hard man to immobilize -- this time a small Company controlled oil town in the Andes which has been the scene of a necessary layoff and a subsequent boycott led by Rafael Garay whose wife was killed in the proceedings. Mat Darlow, a gentle man with no affiliations, is sent down there to handle it and even if Rafael is unapproachable, not so his small son, only seven, to whom he becomes a ""grave and gigantic friend"" while Rafael's other enmities abound, particularly with a more conciliatory faction. Will a gun go off, or the gelignite found near the risers (the Three Sentinels), or Rafael -- a hornet of a man? And in between the action potential (less than in many of Household's books) there is the appeal of his aging Englishman and the small boy who attaches himself to him. During the course of the book you will hear someone say ""He is a man who carries his dignity about with him."" It applies to Household -- an incorruptible craftsman in this careless day and commercial age.