Cleverly juxtaposed with Archie's recollections of his middle years, we build up a picture of his life; a roller-coaster of excess mixed with living 'by the seat of his pants'. His time at sea notwithstanding, a career in advertising has left him disillusioned with the rat race and searching for something more in life.
John H Livings gives us a central character that is impossible to resist. We wince as trouble looms on the horizon and share Archie's relief as he 'gets away with it' one more time. The numerous scrapes and misadventures are described with razor-sharp wit, which is nonetheless infused with a warm and affecting humanity.