Three biographical sketches, all against an Oxfordshire setting of the 17th century. Elizabeth Cary breaking from the traditions of her class by turning Roman Catholic; her son Lucius Cary, who left his studies to aid his king; and Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, whose life was a rake's progress until his conversion at the close. Intended to exemplify current application to modern problem of faith and reason. Careful research job, retains some of the color of the period. Very limited appeal.