A Heartlands Depression cross talk of cliffhanger fadeouts, mystery and sentiment--the latter relieved by the rural hard-times ambience. Among the lost and lonely: a downhearted frail, outcast and starving with a baby: a shy, nightwalking rich man's son; two abandoned mothers with young sons to support; and a returning drifter who falls half-dead off a rolling freight. While the Shadow and Bulldog Drummond crackle from open windows, an ex-preacher blows in like an ill wind and valuable property changes hands--a suitcase full of greenbacks and a fabulous gem concealed in a dime-store grasshopper pin. Near death on a railroad trestle and an unexpected fireworks display rouse the town while the loners pair off and goodness reaps its rewards. Agreeable episodes as crowded with tidy coincidence as Pepper Young's Family, and it's easy to get hooked while doing the laundry.