A long distance novel pits a woman's love and loyalty to her unstable husband against the love she finds in another man. Valerie marries David Summerhayes, who gives up law to go into medicine, first research then surgery, whose refusal to recognize others' rules wins him enemies in spite of his brilliance. The loss of their daughter undermines his faith in himself and it is Valerie, making use of her nurse's training, who pulls him through in an emergency operation. But it is a never ending salvaging of his career that keeps her with him with only a hidden love for Charles Leighton, an architect whose mother is helpful in giving Valerie another outlet. During the War, when David vanishes, Valerie is still enchained until she can be assured that he is truly dead -- and dead with honor. Charles is her strong support until the truth is learned and their marriage can be based on a double assurance of happiness. A slow, almost patient, pursuit of marital and personality disharmony makes love and loyalty stable factors and fills in the picture with minute detail. Limited to a feminine audience for sure.