A straightforward saga of pioneering days in Oklahoma with particular interest for the Dunkards, whose story it is . The book opens when Terry Wilson travels the 700 miles from Chicago to Marland, Oklahoma, to attend his father's funeral. The story comes through in sequences in which the son tries to evaluate his father's contribution to him and to his society. As his mind travels back over family history and the hardships of the early days the physical and material hardships of starting a farm on alien soil and the spiritual hardships of having his children go to a ""worldly"" school, the reader has a full picture as seen through the eyes of a mature man who had experienced this as a boy. And faith, hope, and a perpetual sense of inward discipline give this its wholesome values rather than any particular literary virtues.