Hedge's followers will have to suspend their disbelief high as a bibbing lord for this Regency mayhem, but HeWs teeth!--in spite of a plot thick as pudding with Luddite uprisings, French espionage, and fancy masquerading, four pleasant principals and Hedge's cheerful ease with plot complexities make for happily mindless recreation. Lively Kate Warrender and her widowed mother, whose property has gone to American cousin George, earn their keep as housekeeper and governess for haughty Lord Hawth, whose horth sense is not quite up to Kate's, although she has seen fit--never mind why--to don male attire to become ""Kit"" Warrender, a ""cousin,"" and ride the countryside, aiding, reluctantly at first, the understandable opposition of Lord Hawth to having his mills burned by Luddites. She also saves George from death and stumbles into other good deeds. Then, when Kate's left to die in a tunnel, who should show up but long-lost scapegrace brother Chris who's been spying here and there and has impregnated the lord's daughter!? At the last, three pairs end the game, and there's no need to go fish for that predictable Hodge-podge of an audience.