A lush, dramatic, picturesque story of logging days on the Mississippi and its tributaries, starting from the day when the logs come down and the women flee to safety, to escape the madness let loose with the rivermen, and winding up when steam and railroads threaten the old ways, and economic collapse follows in the wake of the collapse of the bubble created by too rapid advance and too sanguine hopes. Fitted into this panorama, the story of Dan, riverman de luxe, of Sequin, ""River Lady"", of a marriage precipitated by ardent innocence and wellnigh wrecking all concerned. There's naive little Stephanie, child bride, who is never quite convincing. There is Elise, sophisticated Easterner, out for her own ends. There's the changing scene, from mushroom town, close to the river, the logs, the mills, to the extravagant residential palaces of gingerbread Victorian splendor, on the bluff. Not wholly sure as to characterizations, too often typed to be true, often deliberately tough (though it reads like overlay rather than underlay), but good reading throughout. Ultra-conservatives, 'ware.