The author of Beneath The Stone, which received interesting reviews, manages a complex pattern of contrasting personalities, beliefs and fears, concentrates on a mounting tension as a little revolt in Italy is crushed. Of international fame, Farkas, a playwright, comes to San Fernando because the war and his distaste for participation has ousted him from all of Europe. Determined to remain neutral, Farkas cannot hold with the town's interest in the return of a revolutionary, Leonardo, whose brother, Giacobbe, to get Farkas on their side. Giacobbe is unable to save Leonardo from further humiliations and brutalities when the local officials get hold of him, but the rumors of American and British victories turn the tide, the village rises against its petty tyrants. A German air attack kills Farkas' new love, isolates Giacobbe and his band, and Farkas is sent- by the Germans- as emissary to Giacobbe, who shoots him. In his death, as a martyr, Farkas achieves a real meaning- a name which will carry worldwide importance. Higher level writing- and reading.