A many-threaded story against an authentic background of the Anglo-Indian colony at Peshawar. Primarily the story of Roy Sinclair, lost for months in the mountains (The Singer Passes), who finds the ""soul"" of the country through interpretation of the country and the people. Then the story of a young English girl who realizes that her infatuation for a Pathan Indian in the English Army would never work out in marriage because of the too great differences in race, religion and social ethics. There are several characters carried over from A Wild Bird and though the whole is overlong and repetitive and no solution is offered for better understanding between English and Indian, there are however other ingredients for popularity besides her name. Will bear watching.