Another of this author's (Old Herbaceous and The Miracle of Merriford) lingering locum tenens here installs Christian Brandon, a young barrister dissatisfied with the fundamental honesty of the law, in Wiltshire where his occupancy of The Round House leads him into the village doings of Compton Only. There is a thorny romance with Susan; concern over The Boy, grandson of the old shepherd Job Midwinter; friendship with the American Midwinters who assume responsibility after old Job dies when he is not given charge of the new flock of recently imported sheep; and eventually a court case. For Job's dog, Nell, licensed by the American Midwinters to The Boy, is accused of worrying sheep and Susan's mother, an enemy of the flock's owner, calls Brandon for the defense-and not in vain for Brandon win's Nell's freedom and security for The Boy. And Susan. Rural England in bland brew.