A sociological-propagandist drama, played out against one of America's catastrophes, the drought which brought disaster to the mid west and beyond. A story of want and hunger which leads to violence -- blunt, unsparing, moving. Simply told in the first person, it is the story of the Fultons, who were on relief in Brooklyn and who went back to the Ozarks, the father's birthplace, hoping to rebuild a new life. The drought has already taken hold; life is primitive at best, and the livestock gradually succumb. When starvation is in sight and the government is blind to the need of help, the story teller leads a quiet strike in a nearby town and a band of five hundred make silent protest to force action. The book closes on primitive terror and violence as the townspeople are incited against the strikers -- and on this note the story ends. A book that needed to be written, but that -- in these days -- may fall on deaf ears.