Set in the sunny island of Jamaica, this is the story of a dog, part English Sheep Dog, part German Shepherd, with a dash of other valiant breeds to add to his dignity. Named Muley-Ears because of the prodigious length of his upright ears, he is nobody's dog, living off the friendship of the various tenants who rent the ocean-side cottage near which he lives. It is only the fat man who refuses the affection of Muley-Ears, preferring to spend his month's vacation in sullen solitude. How the lonely dog and the lonely man become friends make up a moving story of the Caribbean. Wesley Dennis' bright paintings are washed through with the light of the West Indies as once again he gives visual force to the confident style of Marguerite Henry. A writer-illustrator team which has won high acclaim for their books for an older group, Marguerite Henry and Wesley Dennis show their usual facility when writing for this younger category.