A life portrait of a man's woman with a man's strength, Holly Tanner, whose independence and fearlessness were never subdued by either time or trouble. Born in a squatter community of a New Jersey tidewater town, Holly is never to have a chance to lose her rougher edges, refine a beauty which is perhaps too obvious. Running off to Chicago at 15 with an older man to whom she is grateful, her first bitter lesson is learned when she is abandoned- pregnant. Working her way back to the Jersey she loves with her boy, she has her only experience with real love on her return -- as she loses her heart to aristocratic, weak Larry Ainsworth, whose family send him away. Forced to make a living, Holly makes a good one -- first in the claming business, later running ru. A last chance comes in Kirk Labaw, childhood friend, but to save her son and give him a chance she had never had -- she sends th away together....An adequately handled story of a life -- the hard way- realistically, regionally framed- but not for wide sales.