The early 1900's and after, and a fuller play of period and personality than the conventional Baldwin puts this in the $2.50 class of-say Katharine Brush. Meg at 17 marries Johnny, a gambler and a wanderer, who goes to Alaska where he loses their money and his companion, Meg's younger brother. He leaves Meg with the job of supporting their two children, as a seametress. Under the patronage of a wealthy woman, Meg is set up as a coutouriere, and makes a success of her career during an era when to be a working woman carried a social stigma. Though Johnny had left her permanently for the West, Meg is never free though attractive enough to invite extramarital attentions from men. Finally, in her later years, after Johnny's death, she finds comfort and companionship in a second marriage to Julius. Reasonably realistic romance.