Long, quiet, unmomentous novel of a family in a pioneering community of North Carolina mountains -- pre and post Civil War. More regional then historical, as the events of the approach of war, and its effects, impinge on the life of the Grists. They had come to Barlow Cove in a covered wagon -- they had given life to their experiment -- they made a place for themselves in the settlement, which grows with the story. A simple folk tale of a period and a section. Not particularly significant.