Sow the Field with Roses
By Margery S. Stewart
Synopsis: Nina Karsh lives in a small house in the Malibu Mountains of California. The house is owned by Tomas Novarro, a sad and morose man of great wealth, who brings his withdrawn and motherless son Joseph and asks Nina to take care of him. Nina agrees to look after the boy temporarily. She is visited by Tommy Benedict, a young boy from an unhappy home, on the beach. Nina tries to help him into a better life adjustment. Dr. Craig Jonathan comes to check p on Joseph’s health. later, Nina goes to the Novarro home to find out all she can about Joseph’s background and the origin of the boy’s problems.
The wind blew hot from the desert. At the beach it was a fierce 110 degrees. Doctor Jonathan drove up carefully between the perilously dry eucalyptus trees and the equally perilous oak. The whole canyon could go up by spontaneous combustion. he looked up to the hills where the bright houses leaned into the sky. People were idiotic to build here and more idiotic to stay.
It had been three weeks since he had seen Joseph Novarro. Doctor Jonathan felt guilty about this, especially since Tomas made a point of calling him every Sunday evening to find out how the boy was doing.