The fascinating family history of Mary Custis, great- granddaughter of Martha Washington and of Robert E. Lee, her solemn and distant cousin, and the story of their great and life-long love, combine to weave an American historical-biographical story with real depth of feeling. Events and personages of Mary Custis' lifetime- glimpses back to stories told of George Washington- fall sharply into focus as setting for the story of Mary and Robert, their family connections, their life together. This- with all its historic importance, as it goes through eventful years- is mainly memorable as the picture of a happy marriage, a companionship unmarred by heartbreak and disaster and hardship. The author has chosen the small personal incidents in their lives to build their story, and has succeeded in making them seem human and warm across the years. The story goes to the close, in the dignified setting of Washington and Lee University.