Here is another segment in the American background, an historical novel of the opening up of the agricultural possibilities of Colorado. Captain Bartor, deliberately resigning from the army because of policies he could not approve, builds his dream city. This is the story of that building, of the frontiersmen who went into the process, of the friendships and enmities, of the politics and strife, of idealism and self- seeking, and of the conflict with nature for supremacy. ""Snow Water"" was the name of the second irrigation channel, and around the problem of water for agricultural purposes the theme of the story hovers. The secondary theme is the story of the marriage of the captain and the little New Englander, a struggle for supremacy of a different sort -- and the building of a Matriarchate within his kingdom. Well done.