Yorkshire once again provides the background for this story of a family feud that scarred the lives of all that were touched by it. In its very untouchability it seemed to close in emotions and understanding, so that Abel Gurney grew harder and more by; taciturn and more convinced of his own rightness as years went while the father from whom he had cut himself off held fast to the hope that reconciliation could come but made no step to achieve it. Abel had- according to his own lights- made only one misstep, when he gave rein to his passions with a lovely wild child of half gypsy parentage -- and brought her down to ruin thereby. Lou accepted her lifelong penance in silence and withdrawal, but the call of the road never left her- and their exquisite Belle heard it and followed Tom, and came home with her child, only to die. Nancy grew up wild and heedless- but her wildness was muted by her love for the youngest Hammond boy and Nancy played her part in healing old wounds. The story is told with the three generation backdrop of the village, the moors and hills, and the recurrent accent of the Fair. A book that cuts more below the surface than her earlier work.