Marcy is dismayed when her best friend moves away at the beginning of the summer, but she soon forgets Linda when an odd couple-- the Berts, retired circus people-- move into the old stone house. The ""secret"" is revealed too early in the lot when Marcy discovers the elephant which the Berts keep in their barn. The rest of the book concerns the efforts of the children to save the elephant in the face of certain laws about his dwelling place. There are some amusing events and some good dialogue, but the story moves too slowly and the reader loses interest after his first view of the elephant. The warmth of The Dollar Horse (1961, p. 539; J-189) is not issing, but a satisfying plot is.