A difficult concept which requires adroit handling- the idea of life and death- and Pearl Buck has made a fairly successful attempt to do this. A Japanese boy living between the volcano and the sea, loses both parents in a great tidal wave. Neighbors take him in and the father of the household teaches him that living in danger makes one relish life, while preparing for death -- and gives him a sense of the dignity of that phase of Japanese philosophy. At last, the boy settles on the beach where his parents met their fate, marries and prepares to repeat the cycle. Rather a grim story for the average child -- but an understanding picture of the Japanese.