Ruth McKee is a thorough scholar and historian, consistently changing settings, handling material off the beaten track with dependable authority, tracing her plot against a sound, authentic background. This is the story of a New England father and son, products of Emerson's Concord, transplanted to the New California and developing unsuspected depths and fresh interests in the new setting. Stormily introduced to the land of opportunity on the reach of an Irish Judge married to an exquisite Span, the checkered careers of the mixed nationalities point up many of the complexities of the new state. Three generations are spanned, though the son is the central character, along with the Irish Spanish daughter. A good tale, granted an interest in the dramatic pattern of the California of graft and doubledealing, of troubled days as a pawn before the Civil War, of a far frontier necessitating a new Vigilance Committee. Overlong for the average leader -- but of permanent value for the Coast.