Presupposing an interest in the East Indian way of life and philosophy (and the success of books in this category would indicate there being such a market) this is a rewarding study of a spiritual pilgrimage. Margaret Nobel,""the dedicated"", fell under the spell of Swami Vivekananda, Indian patriot and teacher, whom she heard lecture in London. Perhaps it was not too far a step for an ardent young teacher who had helped her own Irish countrymen fight for home rule to turn then to become a passionate advocate for India's freedom. She went out to India; as a follower of Swami Vivekananda she worked at the Ramarkrishna Mission and later established schools for women and children. In the story of her progress, the author reveals a thorough and abiding understanding of the impact of the Indian philosophy on the Western mind. This reads like fictionalized biography, with the resultant conflict between pace of story and authenticity.