Right off the bible belt is this story of self-righteous, prudent preacher John, and Darragh, his young, non-conformist wife. Off in a backwoods parish, Darragh provokes some tongue- wagging by her championship of Gladdie, town bad girl, and Leaf, a lothario. More trouble comes when Hester, John's old girl, comes to visit and make Darragh wonder. A scandal at the close, and John stands by Darragh, realizing how his caution and inhibitions have made him a bad preacher and a bad husband -- and he reforms. Moral market.