Intelligent writing, acute characterization, compensate in part for a rather irresolute, enigmatic plot in this second novel by the author of Be Thou the Bride. The scene is a small New England town, righteous, respectable, where Adrienne Charles, member of one of the first families, has always been a disturbance. She left for New York in her twenties, writes poetry, marries and divorces, and eventually returns to New England. She falls in love with a worthless boy considerably younger than herself, but in the end helps him marry the girl he loves, even against his father's wishes. Holding as you read --but inconclusive in final analysis.