This was scheduled for November publication, then postponed to date indicated above. (Original report appeared 10/15/40.) A long historical novel of New Orleans and Louisiana during and after the Civil War, with the story focusing on the love troubles of Hugh and Sally. It panoramas the whole political, social and economic problems of those years. Against a background of political corruption and plunder, the Negro and labor issues, the destructive driving forces of Southern pride and hotheadedness, is set the romance of Hugh, the realist, and Sally, the emotionalist. Sally resents Hugh's farsightedness in training for a war he knows is inevitable, in management of a plantation for the Federal government, in his political work during the Reconstruction. But eventually, she capitulates. This has many of the elements that made for success in Gone With the Wind, but lacks the vitality. Better than most.