By a Catholic writer, and inclined toward that audience, this is the retrospective portrait of Ransom Gilby, now a world famous artist, through the eyes of an old college friend, Ted Shaw. With the production of a play vindictively based on Ranse's affair with the one girl he loved, Ruth Berner, Ted returns in time first to his meeting with Ranse, lonely, restless, rootless. There was the affair with Ruth, interrupted by the war- and ended not by Ranse- but by Ruth. And finally Ted's meeting again with Ranse, in New Mexico, where Ranse has for the first time found serenity and reached the heighth of his artistry under the inspiration of Catholicism and in giving ""beauty back to God"".... Beyond its denominational direction, this is as a novel- nondescript, its assets dubious.