Greece has attracted its fair share and more of books on travel, myths, history and its people. American born Miss Athas, with two novels behind her, gives an account of a year she spent in Greece, mainly in the poor agricultural district of Hora in the . Her Greek relations claimed her as their own, and in her own words drew her within ""the framework of grief, ordainment and fate"". Through a series of incidents in which she takes part, she shares their joy at a wedding, fear during a typhoon, sorrow at a funeral and is caught up in their religious fervor during Easter observances. There are funny moments in a Rabelasian account of the picnic of Papa Papadouklas and assorted friends including a belly dancer. However, side trips to Athens and philosophical on the meaning of life interrupt some striking descriptions of a land and people where the smallest happening or upset assumes Olympian proportions.