A story of youth growing into young man-and-womanhood set in a cornbelt small town in gives off the at once mythical and living flavor of a universe contained in the tradition of Town. Meta faces grade school teaching and the clumsy courtship of an old friend. Ned Fleming tries to be true to the supposed wish of his father and his dear friend Larson, both dead, that he marry Deb's daughter Lily. Lily's mother has other and sets up eligible Henry Bachus in her husband's shop. But there are good fairies at work here, one in the form of elderly General Busick, who gives Ned his golden opportunity in business and through business to cut his adversary back to farmer size. Henry humiliated reveals his love for his farm and Lily and leaves- Ned absolved from his unsought quest and free to realise that his future lies with Meta. Pleasant story telling, that gently ribs the storyteller's art while pursuing it to advantage.