Constance Firth's story of his cross country quest for the secret of an ornamental box takes him from Providence, R. I., to the south, the west, Cape Cod, and Indiana, and leaves him with his quest unsolved. An accident brings the box and a diary with a list of names into his hands; the box is taken from him by a fat man and he begins to cover the names for information. Under many aliases, by many coincidences, and over many miles, his bag of people includes the head of a cult, a professor, a decayed gentlewoman, a Negro researcher, an expensive where, a cripple of vast wealth, a rebel painter, a labor leader and a campaigner for the senate, and all, in turn, collect at the caravan of a medicine man. There the box is opened -- and all depart. Symbolizing -- and satirizing -- this rounds out the events and personalities of each station of the journey, fills in with odd companions of travel and accomplishes a sometimes entertaining piece of multiple portraiture. Special rather than general.