A love story of rural wartime England in which Anna, an educated, ""upper class"" woman, loves her wholesome, stable, well-ordered life on the farm, and her husband as a part of it. She falls in love with Mario, a handsome Italian prisoner quartered on the farm, and he with her. Religious and moral by nature, Anna fights against admitting this even to herself, finally yields, hoping to have temporary happiness yet preserve her marriage. Complications, mostly within herself, arise and grow, alienating her gradually from her husband, drawing her toward some overt action. She is unable emotionally to continue in her marriage, unable physically to run away with Mario, and finally is left with her own death as the only alternative... As a study of Anna, the woman, this is quite good, but she is the only character who truly comes alive. The others are merely props to the story, which has substance and force of reality despite the lack of novelty of the problem.