Translated from the German, in which language it has been tremendously successful. The setting is the Austrian Alps in the 19th century; the people the peasants, into whose lives folk lore and legend are deeply imbedded. A woman has been loved by two men. The hunter -- rejected -- dies at ""the door in the Grimming"" but his spirit persists, and takes form in the person of her eldest son, who disregards all connection with the master brewer's family. The wheel of Fate revolves. The boy dies in the place where his spirit father died. This is a book the success of which rests on the faithful and poetic interpretation of the community, the background, and the strong religious influence. Neagoe market.