A sequel to Three Miles Square, this story of Iowa farm life and the fortunes of the Mantz family over a seven year span, 1917-1923. All the problems of these years are worked in, the hysteria of Hun-hating, the rocketing of crop prices and over-expansion of farms, real estate bubbles, Prohibition, and the post-war deflation. The surface story is that of the widowed Mrs. Mantz struggling to provide for and educate her sons -- of Andrew, the architect, Wolmar, who tries to break away from the farm, and Otto who loves the land. A composite picture of people held by the land and molded by it, of the goldfish bowl existence of community living which brings invidious gossip, local scandals, etc. in its wake. Sturdy, somewhat pedestrian, but with an authentic feel.