Providing the market of Harrer's Seven Years in Tibet with another worthwhile exploration of a fabulous land, this is the account of a Frenchman who went to Tibet in 1946 to study a faith at first hand. Described with wit and verve, his spiritual adventures and material misadventures unfold with fascination. As he journeys through Sikiang, there is banditry and the opium trade. In Tibet there is instruction at a lamasery- and much more. Thoughtful and very rewarding.