Greek tragedy -as skeleton for a novel fashioned on the betrayal of a man and his wife; the revenge sought and achieved by the children. But the setting is a small, swampy, semi-tropical resort island off the coast of Louisiana; the time is contemporary. There is Arthur Hoysradt, king of the sacred grove, who leads a contemplative life until he is forced to go to war. His wife has an affair with his enemy, Walter Ageton, and murders Hoysradt on his return in order to marry Ageton. The children Barbara and Fabian, cannot forgive and swear revenge. Emotional insecurity- nature on the rampage- another murder- and eventually, alone in his world, Fabian returns to carry on his father's life... A philosophical and fairly skillful first novel.