Here is the life story of a great convert, a born reactionary who after searching in many fields for spiritual satisfaction found it and a life work as a layman, Orestes Augustus Brownson. Before entering the Catholic Church, Brownson played an important part in various Protestant groups; he collaborated with the social-moral experiments of Fanny Wright and Dale Owen. He was a prime mover in several Presidential Elections -- he led the New England literary movement of Emerson, etc., until, ostracized, he turned to the Church. Fearless, he was in open conflict with many of the great of his times, whether politician or archbishop or the Church itself. Vigorous, vital and balanced portrait of a great man and a great thinker.