A bitter cynical study of the cost of success and of failure. The setting is Manchester, England; the time, the present, with the problems of the dole and unemployment. The story is a seesaw between two proponents, -- a small-souled draper, who climbs on the other fellow's neck until he becomes Lord Mayor and a family that sinks lower and lower with every rise of his fortunes. The characters are vivid through overdrawing, almost in the Dickens' vein. A depressing story, well done, but for a limited market.