Following their brother Sebastian on concert tours around the world was not as appealing to the Forum family as one might imagine. Myra, Ethel and Wolfie longed for the permanent home like Apple Bough, the lovely English house they had left. Sacrificing total family unity for this dream, the children take up residence with their grandparents in England while Sebastian pursues his hectic schedule. Slowly each one beings to develop his own talent. Ethel studies ballet; Wolfie and Myra are employed on a movie set. And under the care of Miss Popples and the tutelage of Pauls Ingle, they manage very well. A sudden illness forces Sebastian to cancel his autumn tour. His misery is somewhat lessened when Myra clears up a misunderstanding pertaining to an Amati violin which Sebastian eventually receives as a gift. Except to prove that traveling shoes are not always the most comfortable, there is little point to this rambling relatively uneventful novel. It lacks the bounce, warmth and general humor of most of her stories about large families.