A story of China -- but merely China as a setting for the commingling of European races, American, English, Italian, Russian, China as an all-pervading influence that keys the motivation and the tempo. The title simply refers to a quaint sign which the story teller cannot resist salvaging for his own doorway. The story is that of an author who befriends a small girl -- and eventually finds love thru her, and saves her from submersion in an oddly Oriental hypnotic escape of the American youth who had come to China to die, and who wanted to live one life -- not his own -- in telescoped form through the medium of dreams. There is a quality of adventure -- of escape -- and a good deal of charm and originality in the telling. Not a book for the reader seeking the usual form of novel.