A story of the Northwest, a generation ago, when rigid disciplinarians as parents were not so frowned upon. But this is a story of a father who went too far, out of his very concern that his sons be given opportunity to make something of themselves; and of how he lost them -- and how they found themselves in their violence of protest. A self-made man, whose very forward step depended on rigid control and determination. John Fortune, and his echo of a wife, Dahlia, felt that in Astoria, they had achieved what they'd worked for. But John and Thomas felt differently, and built up considerable reputation as young limbs of Satan, while their sister, Marjorie, suffered agonies for them, and finally ultimate collapse. There are a half dozen stories here which never quite jell into an integrated whole. Chiefly, it is the Fortunes' story; but subplots involve a young grain farmer who is shanghaiied and sent to sea, the girl who tries to save him- and eventually marries him; her brother, an ardent aspirant to the legal profession, and his abortive love affair; and woven through, the pulsing feel of the opening and expanding life along the Columbia River. Archie Binns is a sounder creator of period and region than he is a story teller.