Here, in the Homer Croy tradition, is a variant on the homely saga. The story of the wonder and scandal of Buried Hitchet (East Oklahoma), Felix Flannigan, whose dream of adding good farmland found outlet in courting young widow Pilgrim, whose son Rickie he adores. When mild H Griffen, who raised vegetables for the Army in the South Sea, comes to buy a farm, he is surprised into accepting a job as Mrs. Pilgrim's farm hand, counters Flannigan with disarming innocence, and wins the Irishman's heart. But it takes pneumonia to break Flannigan down and open the way for Joe to win the widow. Enough humor in the eccentric Irishman's divergence to remove the homespun stigma.