A strong novel, skillfully constructed, and although in summary the plot may sound too facile, too coincidental, the reader is not conscious of any narrative weaknesses because the psychological study of the central figure is so intensive and deft. Victor Palm, wealthy Norwegian industrialist, reaches a stage of dissatisfaction due to the lack of unity and lack of direction of his family. Voluntarily, he decides to lose all his money in the expectation that poverty will strengthen his erring son and daughter. He is persuaded by circumstance to forego his plan, and instead, plans a big merger with foreign firms to greatly increase his wealth. The venture eventually leads to his bankruptcy. A satisfying richness and profundity in the handling so often found wanting in current American and English novels.