At times, a literal transcription of the crosscurrents of human frailties under the high tension of a war atmosphere, this is a picture of the home front, of a New England town during the early war years, with all the distortion and personal ambitions and characteristics. It is the story of young Chris' growth and change, as the suicide of his father and his approaching military service, sends him to work for the Herald under old Leander, full of vain crotchets, -- his wife, Helen and the editor Tom Wade. Chris is able to observe thoroughly the New England temperament at its worst, and best; he sees Leander escape attempted murder; he tries to learn the truth of his father's death; he watches Helen's transformation as she falls in love with a young amphibian trainee; he falls in love with schoolteacher Kathleen. On his first leave he recognises the roots and dignity of his town in spite of the many inimical and individual pulls. Slow moving but plausible portrayal of a community affected by the war effort.