A novel of the depression and prohibition whose central character, Paul Worden, after two years of college, is trying to earn money to return to school. Paul, from Kentucky, but working in Detroit, led by lady-killer, smart-thinking, Max, finds himself running liquor from the Kentucky stills he knows, and in the money too fast. With the death of their friend, Harry, Paul pulls out, is offered a place to live with the wealthy Blakes where dipsomanic Eva uses Paul as a means to get to Max. Paul works at his book, is torn between Max' marriage to Stella, Eva's manoeuvers to hold on to Max; he is also constrained to track down a song Harry had written. But with Max' death -- ordered by Eva's brother to keep her from making a fool of herself -- Paul heads away from the city of disillusion. A story of youth this is a competent, if never quite compelling, still life of the times.