A story of alcoholic and romantic regeneration which features the organization, Alcoholics Anonymous, and their postulate that only a drinker can help a drinker. Rick, who had been boozing since the death of his wife some twenty years back, returns to New York, the daughter Gail he'd hardly seen -- and Emily, his sister-in-law. Irritated by Gail's cafe society coterie and beau, Rick goes on a royal bender, is pulled out of it by an old friend and Ak, Joe. How the meetings, confessionals, friendly supervision and solidarity of other AA's help Rick to give up the bottle; how Gail falls in love with a young AA and discharged marine; how Joe, head man of the local organization slips at the suicide of a woman he loved -- and is pulled back by Rick -- all this provides sustained activity. Without the analytical or literary brilliance of The Lost Weekend, this book can follow up with some of that market plus the fast growing AA organization.