An American engineer, sent out to help in the installation of a modern telephone system in Lima, Peru, comes up against a rigid caste system, and finds himself on the outskirts with both travelling Americans and Peruvian dignitaries. He starts off with a chip on his shoulders, tries to buck the taboos, has an affair with a Peruvian girl, poor but clinging to shreds of respectability, and generally gets into hot water, socially and commercially. The one sustaining thread is his sincere love for the girl back home -- everything else seems superficial, transient. Good atmosphere build-up, but the story falls a bit flat and the style is difficult and mannered. Can't share the publishers' faith in this as a find. The market might be somewhat that of African Witch -- with South America as setting instead of Africa.