The mental excitement of emotional tension highlights the story of Daniel, whose life had been overshadowed by the hanging of his father for murder. When wealthy, worldly Jerry taunts him once too often, Danny kills him- and suffers a nightmare, haunted journey through fear, hatred, love and retribution, until he is able to shed his past beliefs and resentment and be at peace with himself. Against his story is that of Gillie, whom he loves but in whom he cannot confide; of Mose, his old hunting companion who knows Danny's secret; of Sheriff Otis and his human attitude toward the young killer; of the people of the town and their individual responses to the killing. Danny's small victory in rationalising his silence is lost when he almost kills again, and only after learning the truth about his father is he freed from the terrors of his actions and able to give himself up to the Sheriff and Gillie. With sympathy and unhurried perception and a sure grasp of mounting climax, this shows a marked advance from Night At Hogwallow (Little, Brown-1937), and proves its worth in its best moments. For the selective reader.