A period, regional novel of sturdy proportions, this is a triangle love story against the mining development of the Mesabi region of northern Minnesota. ... Discharged after the Civil War, Ethan and his brother, Burr, come to the little town of Superior, meet and fall in love with Terrill, who cannot decide between them. In an abortive gold rush, Ethan learns that iron is really the precious metal, and becomes an advocate for its future, while Burr, the opportunist, back in Superior, almost wins the girl. Terrill however decides for Ethan, is his comrade on the ups and downs of his zealous championship, and his gambles, in iron. Duluth enters a boom, with the friendship of a New York financier, but a St. Paul promoter blocks the combined efforts of Ethan and his friends, and the depression following takes every evidence of faith from those involved. Ethan's last chance comes- Terrill and Burr have their last chance to test their love- and both turn back to Ethan's final realization of his dream. Characters that live in real life- a background of definite authenticity- this is a story well detailed in plausibility and personalities.