This is Trollope's most detailed and concise study of middle-class
life in a small provincial community - in this case Baslehurst, in
the luscious Devon countryside. It is also a charming love-story,
centring on sweet-natured Rachel Ray and her suitor Luke Rowan,
whose battle to wrest control over Baslehurst's brewery involves a
host of typically Trollopian local characters.