A novel of China in the early 20th century, of the foreign settlements, and the infiltration of foreign capital, the Boxer Rebellion, the students' rebellion and Chiang's final discarding of the Communists, in order ""to build a liberal, united and democratic China dominated and ruled by the Chinese"". The heroine is an American girl whose father went to China in the '90's to build a railroad, a girl who gave her heart and understanding to the Chinese. The first mild villain is avaricious foreign capital, the last and most serious, the Russian Reds, with the Japs looming in the sure future. There's a nice enough love story, some rather calm intrigue in the foreign settlement, but the main purpose seems to be to have this the story of the spirit of China as understood by a couple of occidentals who love her and work for her salvation. All very fine. But all rather unsatisfactory and idealized. The atmosphere of the foreign settlement unconsciously obscures the atmosphere of the real China.