Novel by the author of Fault of Angels -- shows elasticity of powers in entirely new type of novel from his pen. A traveling salesman of the horse and buggy era marries a farm girl because he can't get her otherwise -- and leaves her flat, with first payment made on a California house, when he finds she is pregnant. Then comes her struggle to make a living and to raise the small son to the restricted ideals she has evolved. She becomes an evangelist -- and the boy, taken from one place to another, claims his father's right to a free rein, when his mother dies. It holds the interest, once the tale is launched -- but doen't quite come off.