When Justus Rice was a young doctor forty odd years ago, he spent a year in Africa as a company medical man. He was sent to the primitive Matu in search of company labor where his skills were welcome. As a farewell, the king provided an extended bash with roasted queen ants and a fourteen-year-old girl named Somba who was given him as his second wife. Rice, unwilling to be undiplomatic, toted her home to his own wife, Helen. The three settled down (an unapt phrase) to a life of surprises created by Somba. The girl appeared before one consul naked, nursed an imaginary baby before another. She also made Rice a unique soil and took care of him, while Helen was in England, during a bout of malaria. Ultimately the Rices returned Somba to her native village, but like Lot's wife, Rice made the mistake of looking back, to see her standing deserted. . . . A susceptible story only slightly flawed by a dated approach to the Continent. It might please the Esther Warner audience.