A novel of the more recent West, as young Jess Bentley builds a home for Beth on the Montana prairie in 1913...Always working for her, he builds up his cattle, lands, he tries to hide his fears for her safety, his pride in her achievement. And she conceals from him the knowledge that a horseback accident has made child bearing dangerous. They form a deep core of friendship with their neighbors; they celebrate the coming of the railroad. Both goes ""outside"" to have her baby, who dies, and on her return there seems a barrier between then until the blissard breaks it down. Both dies -- and Jess is left to be the driving force of the community. Generous men and understanding women---a plausible romance and good local color---combine to take this out of the usual run of novels of the West.