Of historic -- and regional -- appeal -- this tale of soft-born Kitty Gatewood, who is scaled down to size by the new lands of Oregon -- its hardships and its pioneers, from 1845 on. For Kitty, come to marry wandering Davis, and bring him back to the South where his inheritance waits him, finds her Southern upbringing -- although it conquers -- has not taught her how to cope with rough, and more than ready males, with a country which forces not only hardihood but also loyalty. Her match is Fletcher -- who knows she is not to be despised -- and whose love for her, at first distasteful and unwanted, proves her the stalwart female she really is, and her country turns out to be the U.S., in all its vulgar strength and vigor, instead of Britain -- or even her own Southland. It is the story of the years of frontier opening, of worn but willing immigrants, of the Whitman massacre, sickness, and, often, sudden death; of Kitty's being stranded in an alien land, of her marriage to faithful, kind Sunset Lee after Davis' suicide, and of her eventual arrival in Fletcher long-waiting arms. Of greater substance than the usual period romancing, this should win a faithful female audience.