Some of the stories which make up this volume appeared in the SEP, but they have been woven together adeptly. Each chapter makes a complete tale, each with its own distinct appeal and virtue. Yet the book's continuity is one of its outstanding qualities. Primarily, it deals with human relationships and the ""true"" values in life. Parson Gray is the main character, a stern but lovable man of God, of the homespun philosopher type, a sort of local David Harum. He intercedes with a mob trying to lynch a Negro; he protects ""crazy"" Ella's happiness from disillusion; he brings cynical young Do into his congregation as the climax of the book. The author reveals a sympathetic understanding of human nature and his book makes good reading.