Good, substantial American background fiction, a long, meaty character novel of a little-known frontier phase of American life. Wade Caffey, fresh out of Tidewater, Virginia, bound for his recently acquired acres in Tennessee, accompanied by his personal servants, Jession and Littleton, and a whole retinue of field hands, wagons, equipment. He finds the river town too raw for his taste, and is shocked into necessity for facing up to things when the bank failures sat up his whole margin of safety, and he is about to find himself landless. This is the story of the making of a man from a fop; it is romance, and adventure; it is the gropings of the young democracy for a permanent basis; it is the beginning of the secession move; it is big planters against small, river men against riff-ruff of the Bottoms: frontier women, protected as well as having to fond for themselves; politics, and leaders, good and bad. Historical fiction only in setting and mood; the characters are, in the main, wholly fictional. A faster-paced story than his earlier ones, and more keyed to popular taste. Caffey is a live figure; the women, Bloosom and Libby, are less ably drawn. Good reading, all told.