A strange story, told by indirection, as Jane Waring, through recurrent interviews with a mysterious Mr. Small who is trying to get from her all she can give him of her knowledge of Mark Bradley, tells Brad's story, as she knows it. In complete darkness as to Small's purpose, Jane withholds (both from him and the reader) many connecting links, impressions, emotional overtones and undertones -- telling only what each question involves. Bit by bit the pieces fall into place -- and when after some time contact is made again with Brad in California, and he is given leave from the neuropsychiatric ward where he has been assigned to visit her, he himself fills in the gaps. Jane's faith in him -- her willingness to let things take their course --achieve the desired results, as Hiroshima and the news release of the secret of the Manhattan Project gives Brad the final release from horror and tension that has held him through the years. Those years date back to student days as scientist and mathematician- through his work with a Viennese scientist, not averse to using other men's brains- through his marriage to a girl, part Jewish, who attempts to revenge the theft of her husband's findings on his chief -- to his return to America and his abortive contribution to the project that bore fruit at Hiroshima. Good reading- through lacking in any particular emotional impact on the reader. Neither Jane nor Brad seems three dimensional. The plot itself is an original one, and the story proves again Hilton's gift as a tale spinner.