The story of an early American craftsman who envisioned the day of ""mass production"" -- and took some of the first steps. Job Hubbard wanted to make clocks; when he had proved to his own community and to a few people in New Haven and Hartford that he could make clocks, he wanted to find a way to make more clocks for more people. In his search for that way, he almost forgot the little matter of revenge against Gid Leete, the village rich man. And he scarcely noticed his wife Elvira, because he was dassied by frivolous, selfish Letitia. His friend Tobias eloped with Letitia, under her husband's nose, partly to spare Job; and Job and Elvira went their strange way, until, belatedly, he found that she and their three little girls meant more to him than the success lately achieved, or the revenge which turned into coals of fire. The setting is the Litchfield Hills; the period, the days of the slow growth of Jeffersonian democracy, the hard times of the blockade, the stumbling beginnings of American industry. Better paced than her earlier The Splendor Stays or Net Without Peril; and equally sound Americans. I found it interesting reading.