Only by grace and publisher's pronouncement a novel, this is actually a memorial to the man who came to St. Simon's Island, Georgia, shortly after the Civil War as minister at Christ Church in Frederica. Anson Greene Phelps Dodge, Jr. was son of the man who had raised the mills that kept the people going. Letting go the anger he felt toward his father for forsaking him and his mother, Anson Jr. decided, despite his wealth and connections, to stay in the small community. His loved young bride Ellen died while they travelled in India, and he had to return to Frederica to face emnity in the form of a spiteful woman and from the fact that he was a Northerner. Years later he took Anna Gould, of the Island, first as housekeeper, then as wife; published Ellen's letters; lost his son but came to value Anna and love her; then died, at thirty-eight. Anna made the Dodge home into a home for boys which remained in existence from 1898 to 1958. This simple story of ""a young man who dared to allow God to make redemptive use of his entire life"" will find its adherents among the devout who enjoy reminiscences of men of the cloth.