A boy born and raised on a farm in New England of the mid 19th century, becomes fired with the zeal of religious fervor (or does he dramatize himself in the role -- he is never quite sure). Disappointed but determined not to block him, his father assents, and ultimately he finds himself second assistant in a Boston Congregational Church, just as the mutterings of the Abolition movement are heard. His own interest is brought to focus, deliberately, by his scheming father-in-law who stages a dramatic but brutal scene in the hopes that he can ultimately hide behind the skirts of his rector son-in-law and continue his nefarious pursuits unsuspected. But things go awry -- the movement is not as popular as it later became -- and our young aspirant is minus a church. Only when he is made rector of a country parish, does he lose -- and find himself. The author is a new comer -- he has something to say -- he says it well. Another ""Discoverers' Book"".