Frankly, a dreary book, unlikely to capture and hold the confirmed Lockridge market. The story opens with a presumably successful businessman going to a Board meeting to confirm his retirement from active participation. This incident is developed by interspersed scenes from the day in question, while the major pattern of the story develops his life- with special focus on his growing up years. Caught in his early teens with an enforced duty to ""be a man"" and to take on family responsibility, he never lost this sense of obligation. It wrecked his educational progress, his relations with family and friends, his marriage, and it left him at the end facing not only ""the empty day"" but an awareness of himself as an empty man.