.... is a first novel in a direct line of descent from many others, and if it is an undistinguished and indistinguishable type of formula fiction- it relies on the presumably popular advantages of its limitations. Canny, aging Savannah Towers, head of the family which also controls a Southern lumber mill town, recognizes the potential in David- the illegitimate son of the charming, worthless Philip and a common woman, buys him from his mother, and leaves her interests in the mill to David- rather than to her own son, Julian. Only Vanna, Julian's daughter, is reasonably civil to David who is eventually driven out of the house. He returns seven years later determined to take control of the mill-now a losing proposition, heavily mortaged; Vanna's love for him is also compounded with resentment- and loyalty to her family- so that when David's revenge against Julian leads to his death- she breaks with him. Bitter, in his victory, he leaves everything to Vanna, clears out and enlists in the Canadian army, and only later returns-crippled and chastened- to try and rebuild- with Vanna- the Towers inheritance..... A vehement sort of melodrama- for rentals.