A better book than When Adam Wept, tighter plot, more consistent characterization. A story of Sovietism put to the test, away from its native soil. Richard, the idealist who threatened the progress of his father's plant by seeing too clearly the interests of the workers, is sent to South America, and there falls victim to the fatal charm of a brilliant but notorious woman. Even her death and his attempted identification of her in her daughter, whom he marries, fails to dislodge the hold on his emotions. He goes to Russia -- becomes an ardent Communist -- attempts to transplant his theories to English soil, and falls, lamentably. So again he returns to Russia -- and there finds release. Original --interesting -- but not an essential item for the average small bookshop.