A friendly account of married life, this takes the Gentrys over the country and through bad times and good in ""Shortie's"" reminiscences of her life with her engineer Dux. A Kentuckian, she left school to marry him, when he did not have a job, and returned home when he got a job with Louisville Gas Company. There's his unauthorized (the boss said he was too young) laying of pipelines across the Ohio which didn't get him fired; he takes a whale of a chance on being killed to save a worker's life; another time an explosion almost costs him an eye; he even gets to drill an oil well. He's the sober, hard-driving one; Short is the flighty partner but she is always there when Dux is down and depressed, is the first to appreciate all his efforts to give her and the children what they deserve, and is ready in a minute to go with him wherever the jobs take him. There's a pleasant unsophistication to this that should give it a greater appeal out of metropolitan areas.