A weak novel on a powerful topic, in a discouraging re-statement of the Negro problem, Lorry Thomas, a southern Negro with intelligence and a keen sense of independence, who had been a farm hand for the Stuarts before the war, resented his status then, and on his return buys a boat with a white veteran, and together they achieve considerable success in crabbing, to the chagrin of their competitors. When the Stuarts' feeble-minded daughter, who had been fond of Lorry, is found battered to death, her brother organizes a lynch mob. Lorry, protected by his partner's family, is saved and the true culprit is found. However, the whispers about Lorry and the girl continue, driving the brother to kill Lorry, feeling that because of his superior status as a white ""nobody could do anything to him because Lorry was a nigger. Nobody could do anything to a white man for killing a nigger in St. Luke's County. Nobody ever had""..... Unresolved- with much that will offend both sides.