Covenant Square is both hero and villain of the piece, in a story of the effect of environment on people- and the smothering power of tradition, Lucee Landry had never seen The Square, but she knew its every detail from her father, who had been rescued from it by her French mother. Lucee lived for her 17th birthday and the promise that she might visit her relatives there. And once there-she knew it was her environment, that the traditions it represented and preserved were her sacred charge. It is an absorbing picture of the clutching hand of the past, as Lucee succumbs, accepting its every shade and in her marriage to Frederick McBride, who feels as she does, she again tries to put its stamp on their daughters. But behind the veil of perfection there is unhappiness, frustration, jealousy and vice and agony of spirit. And little by little, its poison seeps through. The story spans two generations- the first quarter of a century-the conflict, the battle against the past as the present takes command. Unusual in conception and execution, this is cross sectioning of a passing way of life, set in a New York state town.