A short novel about boarding school shenanigans gone very bad. Takes place in New England in 1942-43. The writing is good and the much of the story has merit. Many of the characters are quite well-developed for such a short book. However, I found the midnight tribunal or kangaroo court or whatever it was to be unrealistic and unlikely to ever happen. Since that scene and its aftermath are so central to the story, I was left feeling somewhat lukewarm about the whole affair.