There isn't quite the authenticity of tone in this as in Cotton Farm Boy, which was based on Mauzey's life. But there's the same solid realism, both in text and illustrations- a sort of Grant Wood Texas quality. The text is an earnest attempt to combine fact, moral patterns of a good life, and the Clays. But while our knowledge about deposits of oil, drilling methods, refining, etc. etc. is extended, the moral tone in which the facts are wrapped makes Albert Clay and his parents emerge as paragons of virtue, dull, righteous people, whose material goal is the finding of a gusher.