A story of marriage of convenience, brought to its reasonable -- and frequently recognizable basis of adjustment and acceptance. Stormy passage, for Leroy Varney, an opportunist of average ility, who enthroned his love of one unattainable woman all his life, while marrying his boss's daughter, knowing he did not love her, and philandering on the side. arjoria had put her own youthful love aside, but could not whip her emotions beyond a rather arid point of detached acceptance of her husband's frailties. The author traces the progress of their marriage, of the efforts at compensation on both sides, without ever firing the reader with sympathy for either party to a second-best marriage of second-rate people. Setting, Maine town.