A first (?) novel has a personal signature and follows a young man's search for what he wants- and what he wants to be- through the end of World War II, back to New York, and on to Korea. In Hawaii, where he is stationed in 1944, there is an intense interval with Marta, a nurse, but the dream of a life there with her blows up on him and sex is not equated with the love he hopes to find. Back home, there is Vivian, and with her he knows the exhilaration and excitement of a young marriage which enables him to paint- and paint well. Korea pulls him back into action, and while Vivian stays behind to have her child, she later plans to join him in Japan, is killed on the way over in a plane crash.... A time of probation, of finding but not keeping, is recorded with an open and unashamed emotion and gives this a certain impetus rather than importance.