Mrs. McCoy became suddenly, totally blind. This, in quite personal terms, her years of her accommodation to sightlessness after the first weeks of protest and fear and surrender to a void in which she was ""deader than dead"". Her desire to use the telephone was the beginning of her attempt to ""emigrate""; she then learned to dress and feed herself; and some time later she moved, with her husband, to the anonymity of a small university town in the South where, in spite of moments apprehension and embarrassment, she now leads a fairly self-sustaining life and does many things. Here, as in other books of this kind, she rebukes those who impose incompetence on the handicapped; and throughout she emphasizes the spiritual gains which counter her physical losses . As such, her story has a marked inspirational impetus.