The first of the Blandings saga. Aline Peters, daughter of dyspeptic
American millionaire scarab-collector J. Preston Peters, is to marry the
Hon. Freddie Threepwood, and there is to be a fortnight-long house party at
the castle, 'a gathering together of the Emsworth clan by way of honour and
as a means of introduction to Mr Peters and his daughter'. Lord Emsworth
has pocketed one of Mr Peters's valuable scarabs, thinking it a gift. And
Mr Peters is determined to get it back, offering a reward, too. Ashe
Marson, writer of thrillers (Gridley Quayle, Investigator), signs on as Mr
Peters's valet with instructions to steal back the scarab. And Joan
Valentine signs on as Aline Peters's lady's maid with the same quest, and
reward, in mind. Ashe and Joan (who are in the same London digs to start
with) are to get married in the end and Aline rejects Freddie to elope with
George Emerson, of the Hong Kong Police, whom Freddie has asked down
casually for the party.
There is more about what goes on below stairs the other side of the green
baize door here than in any other book of Wodehouse's.
Source: Richard Usborne. Plum Sauce. A P G Wodehouse Companion.