A fairly unusual yarn, combining good adventure and analysis that cuts below the surface. The story of a misfit, an Englishman, fleeing the accident of a murder, to the New Mexico desert, where he is rescued by a potentate of a small Penitente village. His host knows his identity, but plays cat and mouse with him, keeping him virtual prisoner during the Lenten season. He finds solace in the wife of a Mexican victim of the rites. At the close, he discovers a new slant on life, faith and love to hold on to. The Penitente sacraments are played up dramatically. Good adventure --skillfully written -- unique setting. Author wrote, several years ago, a delightful adventure travel book, Enchanted Sand, again a New Mexican setting.