A queer, morbid, introverted tale of the tragedy caused by a twist of childhood Dru had loved the mother she was of killing -- and hated the stepmother who had so accused her and built up in childhood a complex about death which haunted her life, making her fearful of knives and pointed things and the possibility of urge to kill. Grey, worshipping her from after in his own childhood, wittingly caused her accident which ended her career. Later, when they meet again, she pays him seek by using him to father legitimately her child. Then with the Touse of her money had with the fire she to wreck his as . His devotion brought her through to but late to his The realisation of what she drove him to women, just as Dru knew that it was Grey she loved. The setting shifts from Chicago to California, and then to Florida, where regeneration comes too late. Not pleasant reading.