A novel of the Carolina mountaineers, and of Darby whose joys had lain in the things of nature since the ways of her father shut her off from her neighbors. Then came Jim, and new rapture, short lived and leaving but one choice, that she become one of the Squire's Gap women, and so find a way to raise her small son. How she grew beyond the limitations of her environment, how she learned ""to be endurin'"", and how she set her feet on a hard path of making a place for herself and her son in the Meadows from which she had fled, makes one sure that here is a character that lives. The story is told against a rich pattern of mountain people deeply known. I liked it.