A novel, not the first, by the author of American Guerrilla (1945) which- with little centralization of purpose, often little clarity, tells of Harry Brunner, a wounded G.I., thrown up on an isolated island in the Solomons. Here the larger issues of war and peace meld with Brunner's own confusion, his desire to remain there and evade the fight- and his conscience. Here too he finds in lying with a native woman a certain elemental escape which contrasts later with his love for Julie, daughter of the only white island planter, a love which cannot override the fears and guilts of society. Harry's indecision towards Julie, towards the future, is in part resolved as the island faces an American landing, as Julie's parents go off with the Japanese, and Harry, impelled by Julie, returns to his country and the war at hand. The emotionalism here- if sincere- is also extensive, submerged in recall,- provides the substance of the book- inchoate as it may be.