When an eighty-five-year-old pensioner moved into a retirement apartment he might have expected to live a quiet and sedate, and perhaps sometimes lonely, life. The first four stories describe incidents that ensure that his observational skills are tested to the full. He also discovers that the police display a close interest in some of his activities and so also eventually do a gang of criminals. He realises that although he is now advanced in years he can make a positive contribution to the rural society in which he resides. Two other stories focus on the pitfalls of using theft as a means to seek a better life, and the consequences when the thief falls into the pit. The final story demonstrates that dementia is not complete memory loss.