Grand Hotel pattern applied to a London brownstone house, converted into housekeeping flats. The owner, grim-visaged, kindly-intentioned Miss Mead, experiences life through her tenants, -- marriages happy and unhappy, experiments of living in sin, frustrated ambitions, romance, business worries. Of prime importance to the story is young Judith, irrational and appealing. Then there is death and there is suicide, and the whole adds up to nothing very much, but readable as it goes. All very well in its way, but it doesn't weigh much.