You'll glide without effort through this perfectly innocuous story centered around a British airfield and two brothers, James and Beresford Marshall, whose lives are bound up with aviation. Ashley Landing, in Surrey, from 1911 through WW II is the scene of numerous developments in flight history. The Marshall brothers, designers and flyers, have set up their stall at the aerodrome and are trying to promote the manufacture of their latest model. They are assisted by Frances, a young woman flyer, making up in enthusiasm what she lacks in natural ability, whom James later marries. There are few commercial successes, many providential rescues. Even the fatalities which occur later during the Great War are filtered without much impact. By the time the Yanks arrive in their ""flying fortresses"" the Marshalls have moved out of the cockpit into a gift shop--it's that kind of book.