Waterbury, Connecticut, at the turn of the 19th century, as setting for a which opens with considerable charm, atmospheric authenticity, and leads to sturdier venture in the life story of Anson Holt. Anson's childhood with his Granman, whose vere and vengeful sense of virtue brings him many humiliations, deprivations, gives a strength and singleness of purpose which serve him well in later years. He finds sister after twelve years separation; he finds, too, the girl he loves, southern who has been promised to a Britisher, a bigamist and blackbirder. Firm in his intention to win Zora- and with her, to create his own brass works, Anson achieves goal, only to face disaster, five years later, when the vengeful Britisher burns the factory to the ground. Staunch, strengthened by Zora's love, Anson starts again...The sobriety of early New England and New Englanders, gentled by warmth and occasional humor, in a credible regional and period chronicle.