The Kings had made a place for themselves when they came down from the mountains to live on the outskirts of Asheville. Lotti King never got over her homesickness, but Cal found immense satisfaction in building a store that welcomed the mountain folk who came there to barter and borrow and buy and sell. And despite Lotti's hopes for a preacher son, three of their boys found their aspirations in the store- and the fourth escaped to get away from Paul, his temperamental older brother -- and to satisfy his urge to see the world. This is a family story- and a turbulent irrational. family it is; it is a story of a way of life- with the mountains still dominant in tradition, in mores, in standards; it is a love story, as Beth, who lived with the Kings, sought fulfillment first with Paul, then on his return- with Collins: it is a social study as Paul, and Matthew and their father seek different ways to meet the challenge of the depression years. Beautifully and sensitively written, this novel lends stature to the ways of simple people. Ehic shows considerable growth in this his newest book.