The narrative of `Second Sight' hinges on intriguingly interrelated cultural clashes and involves a suspense that Gunn maintains throughout. The attitudes of the English sporting party at the Highland shooting lodge are at odds with their dependent gillies. One of the party, Geoffrey Smith (a rational chemist who disbelieves in `second sight') is at perpetual loggerheads with Harry, another party member, who does. Who will die, as previsioned by one of the gillies? And who will shoot the fabulous stag nicknamed King Brude? There is a most evocative description of Scotch mist (including what it is like to be lost in it) and a terrific account of deer-stalking. A love story, involving Harry and Helen (another member of the party), seems almost imposed on the main action. Helen, one of those sexless young women so familiar to Gunn readers, does not prove too ruinous to the story (thank goodness), despite the author's attempt to `sex her up' by having her recount her views on sexuality.