Wordly desires and spiritual values generate conflict and possible compromise for Stephen Elliott, a Methodist minister, in his love for Claire who had married another man for money- and then returned to Stephen. Willing to give up his church to marry Claire, Stephen takes time out to think it through and finds some measure of redirection in a small godly community. A local emergency and the catastrophe of a flood, the attempted suicide of J.G. Kinsman-materialistic mill-owner and Claire's brother-in-law, all move to reaffirm a pattern of life for which Claire is unfit, but which another girl will help to shape.... Uplift, in recognizable and acceptable terms, and certainly not over anyone's head. People's Book Club.