Four generations of the Patterns built traditions which had their fruition in Sparrel Pattern and his family, still living off the land their forebears accepted as ""a place for a man to live in"". Kentucky mountain land, several thousand acres of farm land and lumber, overlooking Big Sandy and Cannon Creek -- an independent existence, self-sustaining, a daily round of labor which contributed to a gracious, simple, cultivated, homely life. Then came the impact of ""civilization"" in the shape of a representative of lumbering interests -- and, in order to give his children the chance in this new world that was pressing against their doors, Sparrel agreed to sell enough of his woodland to set up a lumber mill. Ugliness, disease, death come to Wolfpen. The family falls asunder. But love comes too. A leisurely book, carved out of the sinews of our country, compact of human emotions and nature at her finest. A book for the long haul.