A story of San Francisco in 1906 covers the rubble of earthquake and disrupted homes with a veneer of new understanding that emerges from the necessity to rebuild life. Melora Cranby, nineteen and doubtful that marriage with rich Quentin Seymour will bring true happiness, returns from a trip cast to find her home a shambles. No longer do the problems created by a social climbing mother or her own requestered life have any real meaning, for now Melora must get out and work to help repair the damage. So, for that matter, must Quentin. Money and position have been lost for him too, and in the year that follows the young people see each other in a new light that also illumines a hard working, satisfying future. Dependable Phyllis Whitney, this cultivates the flowers in the ashes with some facility but nevertheless emphasizes important values.