There's a definite parallel between this book and Kate Seredy's The Open Gate (see P. 402). This is -- for my money -- a much better book, the story is fast paced and holding, and the farming is realism plus. City people gone rural in The Open Gate had few hurdles, beyond psychological ones, to take; city people gone rural in There Is the Land faced all the trial and error problems, and found that agriculture may help win the war, but its no soft road. The mystery is woven in and out through the daily round of the farming adventures, and should win plus sales for a good yarn. The setting is that section of New York near Fort Ann; the time, the present.