A much better than average novel of the soil, which, none the less, is not marked for conspicuous success. A substantial story, general appeal, well-written, realistic without being offensively so, drama well-flavored with suspense. Check off your customers who like first rate fiction, pioneer stories, stories of farm life. This is a story of Oklahoma, of a tradition of the land that persists even in those who turn to city life, and it does -- for Oklahoma -- what As The Earth Turns does for Maine -- painting a picture detailed, meaningful, never stark and bare. It is the story of Francis Odell -- and his three sons. Good reading.