Considerably bigger and better than her preceding Son And Stranger and The Hunter Home, this is the fully developed story of a childhood conditioning and the conflict to follow. Faith, whose father- a professor- was willingly subservient to his wife's beauty, was always the victim of a mother whose prettiness was made paramount, was given little affection, and was always made aware of her own imperfections. Going East to college and breaking away from Paula, Faith gets self-assurance as she is taken in by her aunt and her associates of artists and writers. Assuming a sterile sophistication not her own, she retains her distaste of the physical, loses it only in an affair with Gregory, which however soon degeneration in quarrels. Returning home at her father's death, Faith is left the legacy of Paula to whom she is still tied if only by resentment- and it is by refusing a chance at revenge that she achieves the freedom from her mother which will enable her to marry David... A contemporarily seasoned, intelligently interpreted story- for women.