This is the story of Peter Slavek, Balkan revolutionary who has become a hero, now -- after three years of torture and jail-safe in a neutral European country and determined to fight with the allies. There he meets and falls in love with Odette, whose sudden departure for America brings on a nervous collapse. Psychoanalytical guidance takes him through his brutal experiences to roots of his emotional problems in childhood. He decides to rejoin Odette in America, and then at the last moment, joins up as a pilot, this time at last from genuine motives of sacrifice. Koestler writes for a discriminating but definitely intellectual audience. This is another intensely psychological, disturbingly analytical study of the illusions and escapes upon which the anatomy of martyrdom too often rests.