Crichton is butler to a radical peer, Lord Loam. When a party of Lord Loam's upper class friends are wrecked on a desert isle in the Pacific, Crichton takes over. He becomes the group's leader and keeps them well and safe during the emergency. Lord Loam is relegated to a kind of handyman.
When the group is finally rescued, they reverse positions and Chrichton again becomes the simple butler. Since he is a conservative unlike the radical Lord, he accepts his loss of stature as part of the natural social order. Barrie's play is a comment on the illogical nature of social class distinction.
This report prepared by Jack Goodstein