Palatable problem handling in a semi-serious, semi-psychological novel of rehabilitation of the returnees. Alan, missing in the Pacific for three years, returns to his invalid mother, his now grown-up sister Debbie, and his girl, Marcia. Alan is restless, unsure, irritated by the over-display of welcome, the pressure applied by Marcia and her father to get him into a routine job, and by Marcia's self-righteous prudery. He asks Paul, his closest Army friend, a young psychoneurologist, to stay with him, and finds himself more at ease. He breaks with Marcia and finds in Jean the things he had missed, and finally, in a public housing scheme secures the work which satisfies his conscience and idealism. A touch above the common renter.