When last seen, Monty Bodkin was on board an ocean liner with a cast of notables including Ivor Llewellyn, owner of the Superba- Llewellyn motion picture company in Hollywood, and his fiancée, Gertrude Butterwick. Her father, disapproving of the match, has forbidden the marriage unless Bodkin can hold down a job for twelve months. This Bodkin endeavoured to do by arranging for Llewellyn to take him on in his company. Now, however, Butterwick has decided that Bodkin got his position by foul means, and arbitrarily decides to discount it, meaning Bodkin must once again find paid employment for a year. Conveniently, Bodkin arranges to work for Llewellyn once again, this time as his secretary, needed because Llewellyn has decided to publish a history of his motion picture company. Meanwhile, Sandy Miller, who is in love with him, has got a post as Mrs Llewellyn's social secretary. Now staying in England at Mellingham Hall, they are joined by crooks Dolly and Soapy Molloy, and Chimp Twist, the last once more posing as private detective J. Sheringham Adair, with Mrs Llewellyn's prize pearls as their target. Monty soon realises that he returns Sandy's feelings, but how is he to break the news to la Butterwick?
Written in 1972 to mark his ninety-first birthday, Wodehouse is still in fine comic form. Some aspects of the story echo "Money in the Bank". Monty Bodkin is one of the master's most agreeable creations.