A far cry from The Tree Falls South this story of the struggle between management and labor in a hat manufacturing community (presumably Danbury, Conn.). The death of his father forces a young interne to give up his beloved surgery and go home to shoulder his father's debts and a factory facing trouble. It's a situation fraught with social and economic implications. There's a good picture of the crooked politics back of much of the labor troubles today. But the story is inconclusive -- the family situation is overdrawn -- the love interest ephemeral -- and the whole ends on a note of unhappiness, incompletion, and futility. Probably such is the author's intention. Actually it makes a disappointing book of what held real promise.