More than enough material for one book, this large list of characters, incident and event -- but should be right up to the author's previous popularity, with its blend of top-skimming of world events, various angles of marital problems, plus an uplift note of religion. There is drama, emotion, a sense of timeliness -- elements blended for a successful woman's novel. A very long book, panoramas Washington scene, national and international affairs, for the stories of the Morton family, fresh from Arkansas in 1927. Father is a senator, Mother ambitious for recognition via DAR, Bob has potentialities all his own, and Helen is an unfledged beauty. Their respective careers are traced up to 1940 and the fall of France- a kaleidoscope of Washington manners, customs and characters. Bob's marriage provides the central theme, with the balance as subplots.