On the sunlit Greek island of Skios, the Fred Toppler Foundation's
annual lecture is to be given by Dr Norman Wilfred, the
world-famous authority on the scientific organisation of science.
He turns out to be surprisingly young and charming -- not at all
the intimidating figure they had been expecting. The Foundation's
guests are soon eating out of his hand. So, even sooner, is Nikki,
the attractive and efficient organiser. Meanwhile, in a remote
villa at the other end of the island, Nikki's old school-friend
Georgie waits for the notorious chancer she has rashly agreed to go
on holiday with, and who has only too characteristically failed to
turn up. Trapped in the villa with her, by an unfortunate chain of
misadventure, is a balding old gent called Dr Norman Wilfred, who
has lost his whereabouts, his luggage, his temper and increasingly
all normal sense of reality -- everything he possesses apart from
the flyblown text of a well-travelled lecture on the scientific
organisation of science...