Propaganda novel a bit too much on the side of a thesis to carry as fiction. A picture of the generation that were small children during the World War and the effect of a pending European war on them in adult life. Their childhood discovery of the fallibility of their olders and their own slipping into the same faults. Told through the lives of the children of an English clergyman's family, their compromises with their youthful beliefs, tension strained to the breaking point until declaration of war relaxes them. Protest against inertia -- an earnest effort which does not quite come off.