Somewhat more substance to this than usually found in books designed for mass reading. The background really is the essential factor -- the St. Lawrence Seaway project and the relentless march, regardless of people and their traditions. The story is set on the Canadian side in a small town where families had lived in ancestral homes dating back to the Loyalist settlers at the time of the American Revolution. Their homes had become too large and unwieldy, but they housed memories and the roots were deep. Mere replacement of house with house could not provide continuance of ""the shores of home"". The plot revolves around one of these old timers, standing pat against the invading hordes of destruction, Miss Finchley. She had built her life around resentment, jealousy, retribution -- and she had lost all she cared for but her home. Then the niece she had driven away came back- to recapture for a moment a lost love and lost memories. What she found and what had brought it about provides the kernel of the plot, but the value of the book lies in the relation of the march of progress to the lives of the people affected.