The fanaticism, and the frenzy, which attended the persecution of flesh and the devil in early New England as a background for the story of Jonathan Grigg, the youngest minister of Boston Town, and Ann Walton of Salem, whom he loved and was to marry. Grigg, with his intolerance of sin and physical passion-in others- in himself, grows more indulgent through his marriage and Ann- whose compassion extends to the poor, the sinful and the heathen. But it is Dorcas, fourteen, and also in love with Jonathan, who to torment Ann and attract Jonathan, pretends to be bewitched, later accuses Ann as the hysteria of witch-hunting pervades even Boston. Found guilty, Ann is sentenced to death, and although Jonathan is also convinced of her guilt, he helps her to make her escape. Only some months later, in the aftermath of reason which follows, does Jonathan realize that Ann is innocent... A perennial fascination of theme here, and a story which holds its own better than its characters- but a little close on the heels of Shirley Barker's Peace My Daughters (Crown).