A first novel -- able -- but not important, though the author shows more than promise. This book is a concentrated, composites picture of a mine, of the people's subjugation to it, of ever present distrust and anxiety, superstitions and nerves, and of the inevitable explosion, which brings ruin and tragedy to some and change to others. In particular it is the story of Marie who marries Buck, a miner, against her mother's wishes, for to her mother the mine is a monster to which her own life has been sacrificed. Then there is the explosion, the death of Marie's father and of men sent to the rescue, and man-imposed justice on the saboteur responsible. An industrial novel, rather thinly plotted.