A petty thief, sentenced to eight years in French Guinea, Belbencit served fifteen years of hell, before he escaped to Trinidad; in his fifth attempt. This is an inside picture of the life, the conditions under which the prisoners were kept, the tortures, punishments, discipline, the daily round. A good deal is revealed of the sordid, perverted side. Something of the organization, the bribery and graft that go on. The author's very puniness saved his life, for he was in hospital frequently, and saved some heavy labor. A sensational handling of material made fairly familiar by Blair Niles and others. The prisoner, having escaped to Trinidad, ultimately made his way to America.