Father and son at odds, with the recession of the one, the growing pains of the other, providing many conflicts for the Roger Wendells. The scene is Kansas in the thirties, where certain men like Roger Wendell, Sr., still maintain its pioneer tradition, and its holier-than-thou viewpoint. Roger Jr. in his first year away from home, learns about tobacco and alcohol and gets a whiff of the intelligentsia. He comes home to fight his father, a provincial puritan, on all scores, even to the point of parental censure towards, Agnes, his girl. It is only at his father's death that Roger recognizes the traditions his father represents. Authentic, realistic, sound -- but not very good entertainment.