This is the third in the Frugailty Trilogy and you need to have read the first two as this one follows on from both, even though the other two had nothing to do with each other.
I must admit, though, I didn't really get on with this one. I think the author's flowery prose get on my nerves a bit too much and I did speed read it at times. But in saying that, I did enjoy the overallness of it.
I preferred the Rod and friends bits of the book to the Stuart bits. I found the Stuart character to be extremely selfish and, to me, very unlikeable.