The story of John, son of Henry and Ellen Preston, to whom things come too easily, and too early, and whose lack of success in his youthful writing soon dead-ends him. His parents are kind, sympathetic, but not entirely understanding, his older brother is a success, in his plodding way, in the family business where John is a square peg. John marries Louise, whose courtship wiles give way to carping wifehood, who lacerates his feelings while holding him with passion. John's eyes are eventually opened and he turns her out, meets the girl he had loved for one chance meeting, finds she is a widow, and, with a successful return to writing, with the full consent and approval of his parents, is able to marry her. Another of Miss Jacob's capable, competent, family-marital- business portrayals, that has, however, a pedestrian feel.