It's hard to see how a cat as smart as Espy could get caught by two dumb punks who can't see any better use for his precognitive powers than predicting the outcome of the (Al) Frazier-Carnes heavyweight fight. Espy had already proven himself to the Andrews family by summoning an ambulance in time to get little Frank III safely born (the cord was wrapped around his neck, so delay would have been fatal), and he impresses the professors at Duke, where Mr. Andrews is a grad student. But it's young Rebecca Andrews--also kidnapped because Espy communicates through her as well as through a redbird pal named Cardie--who saves both of them when one of the kidnappers falls asleep. He may not be the only one to nod off, as this is a dear little idea set in motion with no apparent precognition on Mrs. Slaughter's part.