While the setting is still the textile area of Yorkshire, this story stands on its own, independent of The House of Moreys, and other stories linked to the same family. Christopher Jarmayne, a misfit in his family, seems unable to adapt himself to any of the plans designed for his future. He is afraid of his father, comes slowly to a realization that his mother is a drunkard, thinks his brothers have no use for him. But when one brother takes him to London, he finds he can make a path for himself, in a job in a bookshop. A whole new world opens up, and eventually this leads to independence, not only financially, but independently in mind and spirit. He becomes a successful, sought-after novelist and playwright -- and when depression closes down over the textile industry, which he had thought indestructible, he is able to save the family- and to make his contribution in human terms. His romances- his eventually happy marriage- his awakening to the actual significance of his boyhood family relations- and their repeat pattern in maturity- make this an interesting and perceptive study of human nature. Worth reading.