Fifteen-year-old John, insecure and unhappy, had been expelled from several schools and is sent to his uncle Gene, founder and owner of a huge modern farm. Under the strict, inflexible supervision of Anderson, the manager, John learns through hard work that he is capable of sustained effort and being important to a large enterprise. Also, he finds an opportunity to help another boy, as his uncle helped him, toward a healthy outlook. The great farm, smoothly and efficiently operated, with its life rooted in the turn of the seasons, is a real personality in this book which combines a fascinating picture of life on a modern farm with a study in adolescent restlessness. It is a puzzling book perhaps a bit too sophisticated in style for many of this age group. Also, one might question the militaristic approach to the problem. The characters are seen with adult eyes, and some of the language is a little strong. However, there is an underlying seriousness that one seldom sees in juveniles which gives the story added depth.