In fiction form, the life of Jean Francois de Rozier, chemist, who from humble surroundings grew to be one of the most famous men in France. Attached to the corrupt court of France, he wrested scientific fame for himself and his country from strange sources. He established an academy of science, he lectured, he experimented with gases and was the first man to make a balloon ascension. He became famous before he incurred the displeasure of a minister of finance, a displeasure which was responsible for his death, when he was ordered to fly the Channel against his own judgment. New background and excellent and unobtrusive political values presented without malice or caricature. Competent job of writing. Good library and school material.