This is to Joseph Lincoln what Time of Peace was to Ben Ames Williams, -- a panorama of life as he saw it in the period when people were changing from isolation to intervention. The story revolves around 70-year old Zenas Bradshaw, owner and proprietor of Bradshaw's grocery store which he plans to turn over to his grandson, Mark. Then Mark precipitates plenty of criticism and a major crisis by enlisting in the air corps, before Pearl Harbor. Zenas is a remarkably convincing character, his courage, his understanding, his sharp tongue and biting wit, his loyalty to his own and his adherance to traditions make this more his story than Mark's, as he overcomes the kinds of difficulties that are common knowledge in these days. The romance -- in the secret marriage of Mark and Emily Thacher, seems of secondary interest. Then Mark is sent overseas -- Emily is disowned by her adopted parents, and comes to help at the store and there's another major crisis when a loan of Mark's comes to light. Good dialogue and dependable Joe Lincoln atmosphere for a warmly human story, geared to his market.