The emotional pull of a New England family conditioned to ease, comfort, and and safety, as the years tear apart the pattern of family life recorded with reality. From security, pacifism, near smugness to insecurity, acceptance of war and as the mother chronicles in her diary the changes that take place, in her life, her husband's, and in Jon, Braddy and Sannie's... There is the move to the new town as Mark buys a woolen mill, the adjustment to the new house and the help, the camps for the children, school and college, the differences in housekeeping, in growing apprehension as Jon Joina the Navy and Sannie enlists in the waves. Jon is at Pearl Harbor and there is suffering when no news is available, but he returns safely. Sannie's fiance is killed, Jon meets THE girl and there is the first marriage in the family. There is an authenticity in the lack of stress on fictional qualities, and a pleasant appeal in its family portrait.