Lanham tells a gripping story, but what really makes the book is its full, detailed workings of the oil fields, as glamorous and swashbuckling a tale as any of the older frontiers. The time is the 1930's -- it is an obviously authentic account of modern oil rushes, down in Texas, of one village and particularly of Cobb Walters, farmer's son, and the effects on both Cobb and the village when oil is struck. Cobb, likable and a dynamo of energy, bites off more than he can chew, and the drama works up to a crescendo, a murder, an acquittal. The material is fascinating, the characters are well done -- it's a full canvas, a corking good story and first rate Americana. Some ultra-conservatives may balk at the inevitable iniquity and corruption, but most readers will agree that here is a lusty, zestful novel, thoroughly worth reading.