A nun and a marine, solitary fugitives from the Japanese on a Pacific atoll during the last war, are physical, and ultimately spiritual, companions in this story of the retainment of faith on the part of the nun and the growth of it in the marine. Mister Allison finds Sister Angela on an otherwise deserted island, but when the Japs occupy it, they begin a foxhole existence. While the Japs come and go, Allison hunts food and falls prey to desire for the Sister, whose mystery is slowly dispelled but who is saved from him by a fever through which he nurses her and in turn is cared for until the Americans reach them. As in a sea calm one waits here for the dramatic climax of the storm which never quite materializes. The first novel of the Australian newspaper man, this is more for the faithful than the adventuresome, though it touches on both faith and adventure in a fine attempt which does not quite make the most of the possibilities of situation and emotion.