Among the peasants and workers of Spell-Land was a dreamer, and his story begins in earliest youth. He had a great longing to meet the devil and yet was sore afraid. He meets a minister who explains to him the comforting doctrines of the New Church (Swedenborgian). He reads greedily and acts what he reads with his little girl chum Emily. Love comes in time, but Emily marries another. The characters are well drawn. Claude the dreamer also studies Nietzsche and becomes unbalanced as he grows older.