A solid panorama of Italian life and milieu, family and national from 1900 through the first years of the growing power of Mussolini and Fascism. The Ferreros, high bourgeoisie, are ruled by widowed Mrs. Caroline; Racconigi and Turin are the center of her life; her family and her husband's are the focus of her pride, and when her son Charles marries his mistress, she ignores such infidelity to the family honour. Charles' son, Serge, heals the breach. But he in turn, confronted by changing times, conditions and loyalties, is uncertain, unhappy, and shifts from journalism, to China, to London. There Fascist power catches up with him and threaten him. With the death of his father (ruined through the Fascist party), Serge realizes that he has no energy left for the coming struggle. A Hatriarch -- three generation story, of normal people behind the political front. Timely interest.