The gate of hell is the Mitla Pass in the Sinai, 1956. The hero is Ross Ferrar, professional U.S. soldier, volunteering in the Israeli campaign. He is quiet, sensitive and brave. The heroine is Sarai Steiner, married, living in Israel. They had met earlier in California; they had felt something, Now, for the first time, Sarai finds love cum passion. Only briefly though--Ross goes off to the Sinai and dies. A soldier had earlier noted he had the mark of death on his face....This traditional story of love and wars Hemingway styled, Ernestly unstudied, is an almost packaged product but it has one thing going for it--the parallels between the Sinai campaigns of 1956 and 1967. This is due, of courses to historical accident.