The Irish again- but this time the Caffreys of Antrim and the restrictions of family bonds as motivation for offering Irish characters, life and issues, without stressing the quaintness while concentrating on their strengths and frailities. John, raising a family, needs the wealth that is Bob's, and hates his second brother, D.J.'s wastrel existence. D.J. loves liquor and horse-racing and charms his nieces and nephews. There are four of them, - Brendan, unhappy as a librarian, Ann, her ideas of education frustrated, Frank deceiving his family and on the way to becoming a good-for-nothing, and Eileen, in love with Doran. Bob's death opens new possibilities for all. Written in monotone-minus the emotionalism and stageiness of most novels of Irish contemporary life.