A ten day April interlude presents Andrew Collier at forty -- thoroughly dissatisfied with the present, regretful about the past and restless about the future. There are his lost dreams of being an architect, his dislike of the factory he had inherited, his hatred of the small New England town he had hoped to escape. He nourishes his discontent which leads him to thwart a boy's attempt to live down a reform school sentence, squash hopeful ideas of enlarging the factory, watch with wry amusement his brother-in-law's tumultuous engagement to strong-willed Virginia. His personal analysis of his unhappiness comes to nothing and it is his rude awakening to a secret of his wife's that pulls him up short and revises his attitude. An often amusing, sometimes wise, novel of marriage and maturity, this has manners as well as social graces.