Rocky Slade rode to political glory on the coat tails of his reputation as a football star. Once there he found he needed a ""cause"" -- and the proposed thru-way became his ""baby"". But he also needed money, a great deal of money, and a few supposedly staunch men of good well plotted his destruction, and fed him the funds, never thinking to get caught in the backwash. The time is 1947- and thereabouts-though flashbacks supply the background of the central figures, the place is an imaginary city in the midwest; the characters, beside Rocky and his clergyman father and managing mother, include Lucy Maynard, daughter of a scion of an old family, who has himself done nothing to enhance their fame and who combats Lucy's sudden engagement to Rocky with the weapons in his power; and Jim, who tells the story, and who is the Maynard's lawyer and adviser, and himself in love with Lucy. One gets bit by bit the unsavory inside story of small scale politics- and something of the flavor of the town and its people. But one doesn't much care -- though it may be a sound enough portrait of one segment of American life.