Mississippi during the Restoration is the tting for Frank Yerby's latest historical . In his 17th novel, the author of The Foxes of Harrow, Gillian, etc., take Canda Trevor, a transplanted Yankee nurse--burdened with an unloving, invalid - to Griffin's Way plantation to trent. handsome scion, Paris Griffin, for resulting from his Civil War wounds. Their obvious attraction to each other acur the jealousy of Paris' wanton wife, Laurel, who, despite her occasional , loves him as much as Candace soon does. Candace brings Paris back to health and Laurel. The lovers temporarily , Mr. Yerby's social consciousness takes ever. In what may be construed as a possible parallel to contemporary integration pro, his racters become more excuses to get on with what he has to say about the pitiful, seemingly hopeless struggle of the Southern Negro to achieve literal as well as gurative . In a series of scenes crammed with murder, rape, violence, and brutality, the former slaves are thwarted by the klan in every aspect of their struggle for socioeconomic freedom. When the author deserts his papier-mache characters and tissue-paper plt for the Negro problem he is often moving and eloquent; but when he manipulating the strings to reunite Candace and Paris on the inevitable last page he again into unadulterated hokum. This should not, however, prevent the novel's page, vivid local color and historical background from making it another sure fire hit for Yerby fans.