The segregation and solidarity of the soldier-army-wife world as Armytown (in the midwest) provides a typical example of the overcrowding, dislocation, profiteering and hostility which confront the soldier and his campfollower. Here through George and Sue Devereaux, is the fight they put up to try and get some place to live together, as the townefolk capitalize on the transient trade they so resent. And George and Sue finally make a home of a room with semi-kitchen for what time they can still share. Here, too, are their friends. -- Ed. sullen and childish, and his 19-year old wife who finds no room, no job, and no joy in the baby that is coming -- and who goes home; Lou, whose husband has already shipped out to the Aleutians; Haynard, next in line, and others. Largely it is a picture of that unsettled segment of rootless America today, their common bonds of fear and uncertainty, the high price they pay for the little they get and what it's worth to them, and in the realities of that picture, the book overrides frailties of plot and occasional sentimental surpluses.