A substantial novel of Mormon life, that concentrates on the issue of plural wives as it affects Milly Allison. Her father's death on the way to Salt Lake City, her mother's efforts to support her young ones, all combine to warp Milly from the faith. But when her Mother becomes the plural wife of comfortable, upright Brother Farnaworth, Milly's doubts are gradually diminished and she is able to ease the pain of the marriage for Farnsworth's son, Abel. When Abel speaks for her, however, she is not ready for marriage, and when- sent away to school- she loses her heart to Hyrum Lucas, she has no doubt of becoming his Celestial Wife. Her passion for Hyrum supercedes the troubles she has with his first wife; her own children provide her with another escape. But Hyrum's traffic with the Gentiles, his restlessness, his attempt to make Milly's sister his third wife, his gambling and partnership in boom town bordellos- give Milly shock after shock until she applies for divorce, returns to Abel whom she has missed for so long. The emotional and practical problems of polygamy treated with a sincere sympathy, give substance to this regional novel.