Again the wild Welsh setting (Moulded in Earth and its successors) overhangs a short novel of a father and son, Bedo and Guto Corris, who are traveling fast to catch the red haired wife-mother who has run away with Gomer Perrott. Bedo is the strongest man in the parish and unafraid of the plain murder into which they are heading at Crognant where the drovers, Shirgars and Cardis in full force, are bound to meet. Guto is left at an inn where little Miri gives him another kind of courage, but he runs away to be with his father and acquires a mute, Sem, as a guide. In Crognant Bedo has been set upon but creates a diversion so that he can meet with Gover and his wife. The decision to fight for her lines up the trigger-tempered groups while Bedo and Gomer battle -- to Bedo's defeat, for the woman is bearing Gomer's child, her place is with Gomer and Bedo lets Gomer win. Loyalty and integrity, as grimly won as its background, colors this.