This is a high ranking regional story,in the Rose Wilder Lane tradition, with more sense of reality and a somewhat new slant. The period is the middle part of the homesteading rush to the Dakotas, when communities had begun to take form and intercourse between settlers was not so difficult, when the conflict between cattlemen and farmers was becoming increasingly acrimonious, and when the first of the drought had caught the farmers unprepared. There is a certain timeliness in the suggestion, implicit in the story, that here was laid the basis for the Dust Bowl. The story itself follows the usual trend in showing the contest of man, unequipped for the struggle, and nature, now smiling, now frowning; and of the final destruction of his hopes of crops and his determination to build his future on the range. But the story varies from routine in a more realistic handling of the marriage, which finally breaks on the hopelessness of the city girl adapting herself to frontier hardships and loneliness. Better written than most of its kind and very readable.