Here is a new love story by one
of the most popular of present-day
novelists. Once again the reader is
transported to a little circle of real
life and real people for whom
affection inevitably grows. __________
The sphere of life which Warwick Deeping portrays in this book is that frequented by pleasure seekers and sensationalists.
The central figure is Maxwell Tryte, the artist and painter, a hard and cynical man who scorns simplicity and mistrusts the ideals and ambitions of sincere people.
He revels in shocking the public and attracting attention to himself by his startling books and paintings, and lives only to derive as much superficial pleasure and amusement from life as he can.
When lovely Rowena Ravenstock, daughter of Sir Everard, comes into his life, he foresees an easy conquest, but here he makes his great mistake. Rowena rebuffs him. Then, suddenly, troubles of all sorts start crowding upon him, and it is only through the friendship of Captain Valentine Samson, a retired naval officer, that he is able, finally, to rise above them.
When he is once more on his feet, Maxwell Tryte begins to think seriously, and it occurs to him that perhaps he is wrong in his conception of life. Perhaps there is something more worthwhile than day-by-day amusement. And gradually he rearranges his ideas and values, until the “playboy” decides to turn his back on the life he has led in the past and start afresh. Warwick Deeping tells this tale with all his usual sympathy and understanding of human nature.