New Orleans -- the French Quarter, today, here you have the setting for a story of Bohemian life, New Orleans style, with more than a touch of the tales of the Left Bank in days gone by. A new metier for Oliver La Farge, characterized by his meticulous sense of color and flavor, and with a better paced story than one expects from him. Tom was a Yankee and emotionally and artistically not yet grown up. Emotionally, he feared inexperience with women would stamp him; artistically, he was trying to see his work as others would see it, trying too hard, and failing to be himself. This is the story of his maturing. He had to lose an allowance from home, and find that commercial art was the paycheck to painting what he wanted. He had to find that a will o'the wisp affair and a secure ticket to painting as he wanted to paint were insufficient. A good yarn, well told, with enough of incident -- character -- and atmosphere.