from 1972 Corgi paperback edition:
"It was a wrench for Janet to leave her husband behind - but Twice's heart condition did not permit him to leave the West Indies. So she set off to Scotland without him, to spend a holiday with her family - her brother Jock, his wife and three lively children, Liz, Duncan and George. Having to take their mother's place while she is in hospital, Janet finds the Hungry Generation almost too much for her... but stories of her beloved childhood at Reachfar prove the first step towards a surprising alliance..."
from Ulverscroft Large Print edition:
" After the great St. Jago earthquake, Janet returns to Scotland without her husband Twice, whose serious heart condition prevents him from leaving the West Indies. With young Roddy MacLean, whose parents died in the earthquake, she arrives at her brother's house in Aberdeenshire. Jock and Shona welcome the travellers warmly, but their three children are rather aloof, perhaps even hostile..."