All the nominal virtues -- patience, love, understanding, etc. -- apply to this story of the Chinnocks and their determination to adopt a Vietnamese orphan. There were many discouragements (""You'll choke to death in the endless red tape and the entire bureaucratic machinery"") particularly in a country with 100,000 orphans and no adoption facilities. But Mr. Chinnock went to Vietnam and was taken with a two year old that had been found as a baby beside some war casualties. Well over a year later Kim reached the U.S., bringing with her a husky laugh, a bright enthusiasm and also malnutrition, lice, T.B. and an ear infection. There were many reactions and adjustments all warmly annotated here for the Dale Evans-Pearl Buck audience.