The Thornton parents are on holiday in France, and so Andrea is virtually in charge. But with Tamzin, Meryon, Rissa and Roger staying at Punchbowl Farm, Andrea does not need to do much. Or does she? Perhaps not in the way you might expect.
It is Roger who discovers that a wild deer has somehow found its way into the Punchbowl herd, and while plenty of help is offered - some of it from those who want to shoot the deer - it is Meryon who solves the problem in the end.
The Outsider follows the Cownappers and is a wonderful Punchbowl Farm / Romney Marsh story. Brian Parks has written an introduction about the dedicatee of the book, and John Allsup has provided the publishing history.