A silver cord theme, with variations. The setting is that of Margaret Flint's previous books (near the Maine-New Hampshire line). The story revolves around Caroline Dennis, and her fixed determination never to shift for herself, never to let go the hold her motherhood gave over her sons. Sam breaks away early and marries; Clem stands it as long as he can, then moves out and Caroline goes to live with Sam. She almost thrusts his happy marriage on the rocks before he sees that it is impossible and moves her on. At the last, she is home again -- alone -- unwanted -- and no one cares. A strange story, convincingly told. A new slant on farm life.