Of the 1900's, in full decor, and Mt. Morris Park society, this is a substantial, women's wear novel that reflects the stuffiness of that day, the codes and taboos, the sham gentility that covered human failings, the problem of the rebels who were unable to conform. Gus Falks, kindly, gambler on long shot projects, arouses the love of Daisy and Maude Oberdurk, recognizes his basic relationship with Maude, but marries Daisy whose courage and imposing respectability he admires. Maude, to flout her rejection, weds her father's clerk, is the means of his death. Daisy, unable to give her whole heart to Gus' schemes in Colorado, persuades him to bring her home, helps her mother arrange Maude's marriage to a wealthy widower, gentles Gus into the family business and pattern. Maude betrays her husband on their European honeymoon, is sent home by him in disgrace. Met by Gus, tired of his bondage, she confides her long love for him and they run away together to escape the Oberdunk possessiveness. Tones of validity in the characters, detailed as to setting, this is solid, brownstone front reading.