This should be sold as a frontier story, for it qualifies as such. The mind of the general reading public has not yet accepted the fact of Palestine as a new frontier, a new project in colonization. Asch in writing a first rate story, with adventure, romance and the deep feeling for the project, may help bridge that gap, however. His background is that of an undeveloped swampy valley, and his story the story of converting that valley from desolation to life. A significant picture of what an earnest group of Jews can do -- he makes his characters live -- and he has drawn two extraordinary personalities in the central figures, one a man who has given eighteen years to Palestine, the other a woman, a Lithuanian, who had gone from group to group, lending her aid and the inspiration of her presence.