A sort of modern Of Human Bondage, in the story of a son who tries to defy the claims of his father, even to the point of allowing his father to suffer for a fault that is his. A soul struggle, modern conflicts unevolved at war with each other, a square peg in a round hole, resenting his own failures, his inaptitude, his denial to himself of responsibility for his own unhappiness. The story, though interesting, yields to the focus on the flexing of the character of Michael, and on the father, a successful advertising man, who finds in late maturity, that he has lost the things that count. A man's book, rather than a woman's -- an definitely for those customers who prefer a psychological novel to adventure. Callaghan shows promise, in this his most ambitious work.