The tremendous interest in Seven Storey Mountain should provide a springboard for this story of five boys who entered a Catholic seminary to train for the priesthood. Of the five, only one followed through to his goal. It is a frank and honest book, with human interest element strong, and the adventures- mental and emotional as well as spiritual- of the five Brooklyn boys will capture the reader's concern. the shuttle of experience weaves back and forth from seminary life to vacations at home. The contrast is strong- the types appealing. Pressure from the outside world, pressure from within, finally lay bare the boys' basic motivations. One boy is a natural mechanic and money maker, and he ends in a garage. One could not resist the lure of family life. Another found the stimulus of business world too strong. Brilliant Dick resisted the discipline, while Steve felt that they had ""chipped him down to nothing"". Only Martin realized that the protagonists were God and himself, and was able to put aside the longing for intimate human love to serve a wider reach of humanity.... Certain success in Catholic circles, and of definite interest for Protestant readers as well.