An over-diffuse story centered on self-centered Boverly Stregelinus, the party world of 1941, and the delineation of modern aridity confronted with the war. To Beverly and his circle of unrooted souls, there is his hopelessness in his job, his unwillingness to marry, and the escape into the Navy. But the Navy, with petrified routine, shore detail, involves Beverly only with a remorseless little egotist, Audrey, in Panama, gets him engaged to a family choice in Miami. Beverly's one decent gesture is to defend his skipper when he realizes the organized politics behind the latter's trial. Active duty in the Solomons, and death by a buzz bomb complete the story. A range from art and social New York circles, to diplomatic and Naval groups in Panama, give variety to the backgrounds, while an affected hysteria, and an over-extensive cast of characters, who almost all talk too much, give this a monotonous tone.