A rather solemn novel of the theater and young Lorie Damion's subservience to her father. This portrays her struggles when reality is pulled out of shape after an embarassing affair with a socialite and her decision to quit college and go to work for her father. Ira Damion, who has hidden away his father's theatrical fame, has tried to obliterate the true story of his dead wife's grounds for unfaithfulness, who binds those who work for him with chains of debt, lets Lorie put on an experimental play, but shows his power by inflicting his decisions. He manages to thwart Lorie's dreams for the play until the new stage designer, Paul, persuades her to face things as they are. Ira's affair with Ann, the star, his sabotaging of the Boston opening, the suicide of Ann's husband, and the failure of the play, build up to Lorie's final break with Ira and her decision to stick with Paul. Not a glamour novel of the stage, nor yet a gallery of wholly believable characters, this leans on theatrical technicalities and melodrama for its interest.