A rather timeless story of a Mormon family told in well-integrated flashbacks-all in the period of one Sunday morning. Eben Benson, Bishop for many years, bigoted and selfish, driven by strong ambition to become one of the 12 Disciples of the Church and ultimately its president, has dominated the lives of his dutiful wife and their children, and is only dominated by his other wife, May, whom he had married for love and ambition. On this particular Sunday morning Eben is to preach before a visiting Church power, his final test before be becomes a Disciple. However his son Jasper, having secretly loved and impregnated the daughter of the town drunk, is likely to ruin Eben's chances as the mother-to-be will be forced to confess during the Sunday services.... Nothing much does happen, but the undercurrents of these thwarted individuals produce a growing tension that is more compelling than action would have been. Definitely better than average for sales, quite good for rentals, rather frank for public libraries.