A fast moving novel with a misleading and unfortunate title. The setting is Brazos, Texas, near Houston; the central figure is not John but a Negro sharecropper named Cleveland, with a big frame and a yen to use a pocket knife. Cleveland strikes out on his own, marries Ruby Lee, and lives on the White Man's land (John Chaney), planting and raising cotton. Uneasy as a tenant, Cleveland's mind becomes distorted with suspicion and resentment, and he accuses Ruby Lee of an affair with a white man. An attempt to kill his wife lands Cleveland in jail, where he is bailed out by John Chaney, which puts him in Chancy's power....The familiar study of the Negro subjected to the will and domination of the white, characterization and symbolism maturely handled, and effective dialogue, with a kind of earthy rhythm.