There is virtually no relief in this unhappy story of a marriage in the process of going on the rocks. Two young people, confident of their love, draw up a very modern contract regarding their mutual independence. Then the girl finds that she isn't ready to keep to her side of it -- and the man is only too ready, and does plenty of romantic experimentation on the side. There is almost too grim a realism for everyone knows marriages just like this, but perhaps it will serve its purpose if it acts as a warning to some readers who might recognize their own foibles in one or other of the partners. The author of Tamarac has a facile pen, and keen perceptions.