An emotional, over romanticized story of David and Saul's daughter, Michal, adds another panel to Gladys Malvern's growing list of biblical novels. We encounter Michal as a very young woman when first she hears of the amazing shepherd ad who is able to calm her father's temper tantrums with his songs. It is not long before they meet and David confesses that what he wants from life is wealth, power -- and Michal. There are difficulties put in their way, but eventually they marry. David loses his post with Saul and Michal is abandoned to years on the emotional rack with realization of David's infidelities, with raging battles, with plots and counterplots. But ultimately, when David becomes King of Judah, he sends for her, and she is quick to recognize where her heart belongs -- and returns to her true love. On the score of color, drama and Biblical accuracy and expansion this has its value. Whether today's readers have the objectivity to see it in the context of period in history is in question. The movie, David and Bathshehn, may have set the key.