A novel of substance and quality, for those wanting something not along stereotyped lines. The Islands won considerable critical acclaim; this has more unity and meat. It is the story of a journey which provides an intellectual journey for the reader. Against the beauty of the Vermont hills, the story is told of a college professor who sets out to study abstractions, and grasps a bit of life itself. As he leaves the train, he encounters Margot, older, wiser, a good companion. They walk -- they talk -- seriously, amusingly, autobiographically, impersonally -- and Margot gives of her wisdom and her love, and the people of the hills add their bit of magic. Then -- with the journey behind him -- he finds that he has grasped a new approach to life and the future. The talk is good, the writing excellent, and the romance is original and refreshing.