Once again (Mooney- published in 1950) William Brown Meloney has used as setting the town of Haviland, in upstate New York. But where Mooney was a town dissection, this is the story of a dynastic family of gentleman farmers, squires of the village and the rich farmlands surrounding it. The family, though eccentric, is neither degenerate nor unscrupulous, and plays the role of lords of the manor with serious sense of obligation. But soap opera factors get in the way when the illegitimate son, who tells the story, finds himself heir. The legitimate son, his half- brother, murders his wife, incurably ill with cancer, and kills himself. The characters and landscape have an authenticity somewhat at variance with the succession of melodramatic incidents before the new head of the family comes to terms with his inheritance, and marries a 19-year old girl, step-daughter of his dead half-brother. A colorful tale, which may achieve a popular, upper-rental-library type of market.