A folk legend, beautifully retold, with a modern swing and pace at no sacrifice of the artifices and the glamor of the old tale. It is a hero-yarn, a sort of Irish Jack, the Giant Killer-Beauty and the Beast rolled into one. There are ogres and witches and creatures under evil spells; there is a young and handsome hero of mysterious parentage. The outline of the story is familiar to all folklore, but the telling actually creates a sense of suspense and carries one along. Walsh taps his native fountains of legend -- and dresses it up with inimitable story sense.