A lively picaresque morality set in post war England which offers a fine clutch of characters and snatches of lovely Tudor poetry. Our hero, Tom Loving, offspring of a music hall pair, pursues his gentle way, devoted to his crippled but undaunted mother, the former Duchess of song; working as a stage carpenter; and loving the delicate ballerina Miranda. Miranda seems to be his, but Tom is off to Hollywood because of a particularly lunatic operation by the film moguls. Despite a growing sense of outrage and foreboding, Tom stands his ground, until a letter from Miranda announces her marriage to a nobleman. Miss Boise Idaho is a temporary refuge, but Tom returns home to a concerned Duchess, his gentle Indian friend, a termagant sister and her child, and three old neighborhood hags who storm and scream and read the Tarot cards foretelling his strenuous journey ahead. There is near sacrifice as Tom is strung up as a guy on November 5th; a brief sad reunion with Miranda; a search for his father once lost at sea which leads to the final journey into nowhere, as Mad Tom, mad as he was with loving, walks many roads with a mute young girl at his side. Some limp symbolism and thin situations, but engaging.