A fictional novel by one of Ohio's first woman legislators, May Martin Van Wye.
Frances Ellrod, a talented woman lawyer, is divorced from a young ne'er-do-well and thus is challenged to find a new career, a "life tower." In the restless postwar 1920's, she is elected to the legislature of a midwestern state and uneasily pioneers in reform and social legislation amid the vociferous opposition of machine politicians.
Her path is long and disillusioning, but, with the help of legislator Mary Wyant and teacher Sarah Bennett - and a deep love for Judge George Adams of the State Supreme Court, she surmounts her personal and political tragedies.
A penetrating novel which leads back into the political machinations of ninety years ago and forward into a brighter, more hopeful era for both politics and people.