'The Little Nugget' is the kidnappers' name for Ogden Ford, a fat,
chain-smoking, rude and badly spoilt American boy, aged thirteen or
fourteen. Ogden's mother and father (she rich, he richer) are divorced, and
each trying to get the boy away from the other. Meanwhile professional
kidnappers are trying to get him, for ransom from either parent. Elmer
Ford, the father, pays double fees for Ogden to go to a snobbish little
English preparatory school (boarding) where he thinks the boy will be
fairly safe and may even learn some discipline. Peter Burns (rich, a
cricket and rugger Blue) is persuaded by his fiancée, who is in the pay of
Mrs Ford, to go as an assistant master to this school and kidnap Ogden so
that his mother can get him on to a yacht and out of his father's reach.
But who is White, the new school butler? A professional kidnapper. And
others prowl and prow around. Peter Burns tells the story (except the first
twenty-five pages of it) and it makes an excellent thriller, set mostly in
the grounds and house of the prep school.
Source: Richard Usborne. Plum Sauce. A P G Wodehouse Companion.