The story of oil and another angle of the Civil War, this again is the story of a family which ranges the world over from South Carolina and Pennsylvania to Europe, to Texas and Oklahoma, to Paris and the Middle East. The motive is oil- from Homer Ashe and his pottering about with rock oil findings on the Ashe plantations to three generations later when oil fortunes have been made and lost and made again, and still later when Jay Wade dares to play oil politics with a mystery man of the Middle East. The industrial story is well handled and carries its own weight. The romantic aspects seem synthetic, lacking in any authentic emotional quality. Marriages are many and cheap. The Civil War which forced the Ashe family from the ruin of a way of life is a continuing factor, and the successive wars, and the depression, damage the family- and their wealth. The book is an impressive if not wholly sustained achievement. As the first publication of a new firm it is praiseworthy.