.....is that of the shkutzim (gentiles) which George Hurst learned to distrust as a Jewish orphan raised by ""Aunt"" Tessie whose precepts carried over even after he was entrenched in Danville, Conn., with a Christian wife, children and cut off from his early, lower East side background. A stranger asking about the wife of Daniel Shaw, hotel man with political ambitions, returns George to the beginnings. Danny Schorr, his best friend, was instrumental in crippling Dora Dienst, in rousing Aunt Tessie's wrath, in introducing George to shkutzim, and, lying, using their friendship as a front, stole, seduced Dora and kept George in bondage through Dora. Finding his way back to a Jewish world of accountants, George moved up, moved out when it came to being his own man, and moved in on a millionaire's family and financial operations. First, Mary Sherrod, of Philadelphia and Bennington, and then the war made his break complete, until Danny Shaw (Schorr) and Dora turn his world upside down again. It is Aunt Tessie's brother's admonitions that bring him back to Mary, get Danny and Dora off his back and take him out of the masqurade that has kept him apprehensive, appalled. The disturbances of a mixed marriage, of a climb that is sometimes without pride, of hidden bitterness, these take a long leap from the recent Your Daughter Iris, make their contrasts from poverty to well-being and display a crowded gallery of people and conflicts in a keep-on-reading narrative.