In line with his earlier books, Tell It To The Laughing Stars, etc. (Harper) this is again a story of simple people and plainspoken passions, bound by the world of the outdoors. Here it is the vineyards and woods of the Finger Lakes in upstate New York which determine the lives of those there, and where making a living off the land is a hard one. And among the natives, there is Holly Mathew, approaching forty, through with life and philosophical in his acceptance of the end of his affair with Silky Cornel; Silky, young, beautiful, grateful to Holly but now in love with Jim Vining, Jim, determined to care for the land worn by erosion, to buy his own place, and to marry Silky- who also accepts the fact that she is bearing another man's child. And the slow, contained pattern is broken by violence when Holly, hunting out of season, kills a man, hides out on the Pinnacle but is killed in his attempt to escape capture... Toned by the world it reflects, this has a simplicity and sincerity of place and people.