More we have the Jaina tribe brought up to date, actually into 1940, and the part several of them play in the war. It is a distinctly better book -- both from point of view of story and craftsmanship -- than her recent additions to the series. The story itself strains credulity occasionally, but it's is a good one. Wakefield has a chance encounter with a girl Molly, acting in the same play, they fall in love, become engaged, and return to Jalna only to have their future blown skyhigh by the disclosure that Molly is the result of Renny's ""indiscretion"" of years before. There is more to the story than this, Wake's enlistment in the war when he joins the R.A.F., Finch's part in the war at Dunkirk, Renny's horse which wins the Grand National and reestablishes the family fortunes. The Whiteoaks followers will love it.