Eleven short stories by the author of The Disguises of Love mix continental and conventional characters. In these stories about American GI's abroad and American eccentrics in small towns, there is an inequitable distribution of interest tending toward the minus pole. A party attended by Japanese and Americans results in rape and hostility. Some soldiers visit a castle inhabited by the routed German aristocracy. A small-towner murders her eccentric, worldly relative in jealousy and haste... There are art connoisseurs and critics. There is a slightly Brobdingnagian woman who speaks a conglomeration of French and German. An unwieldy style obliterates some good ideas, but they seemed scarcely worth the effort.