The plot was simplistic and formulaic. There was the evil and greedy banker who foreclosed and otherwise oppressed the good and pure townspeople, but the good and pure townspeople won out anyway just because they were good and pure. Even so, though, that would have been enough to make the story mildly entertaining if not especially memorable, except for one big problem -- one very big and huge problem. What do you suppose made the good and pure protagonists so good and pure? They were so good and pure because they were a bunch of bible thumping religious fanatics. That is why the plot was so weak. The authors were not really very concerned about the plot anyway. What they were concerned about was beating the reader over the head with religion. That was offensive enough by itself, but some points of the religious ideology that was being pushed were especially offensive. It was extremely sexist for one thing. A constant theme throughout this preachy book was the preaching that the good and pure woman must always defer to men. In fact, a woman who was running for mayor dropped out of the race because she realized that it was the man's place to be the leader. She let her husband take her place. This book at least illustrates why religion is so oppressive. The world would not only be better off without that superstitious ideology called religion, but it would be better off without books like this that push such regressive ideologies.