An utterly cozy story of an old maid Kensingtonite, Miss Basingstoke. She acquires a puppy in the first chapter though, and from that moment there is an easily foreseeable change in her dreary routine of breakfast, solitaire, lunch, more solitaire, tea, and so on. Her hotel inmates, in particular a Col. Twintiger, object to the dog. But after Miss Basingstoke has, on the puppy's account, moved to Pennycress, Sussex, bought herself a store, taken in three foster children and some cats, the colonel migrates too, marries her and all ends well. Nora Unwin's precise line drawings reflect the character of this meticulous tale, but they, and the story, are not lacking in a certain captivating gentleness.