This story of Isaac Fonk's life, marriage and children is framed in Johannesburg just after World War II and presents a social section of South African life which indicates that racial prejudice is not limited to the blacks. Issac marries English Elizabeth, makes his way from the Free State, to the big city where his growing wealth assures the world and more for Lottie, his oldest; Yelland, who does not know he is not her father and that she is not Jewish; and Mark, his adored son. Isaac, through Mark and his disastrous attraction to Ellen, and through the scandal which threatens Yelland, realizes the emptiness of his life, decides to return to the little dorp in the Free State and is rewarded when Yelland, having learned the truth of her parentage, joins him in his planned exile. Situations are motivated to reveal the characters here but Mrs. Murray views them with compassion, and her pictures of a Jewish circle, of anti-Semitic slurs, and of bustling Johannesburg are telling. A different look at a discussed area.