Issued as fiction, but thinly veiled. A psychological novel of Dunkirk, of the heroic achievement of the small boats that took the army off the beaches, told in the experiences of an author beyond war age, who found a place for his need to do something in taking a salvaged launch across three times, each trip helping towards a final clarification of the purpose,, the meaning back of it all, each laying some fear, some insecurity to rest. Done in stream of consciousness sharing with the reader his inmost thoughts, fears, inspirations, aspirations and intensity of emotions, as the drama unfolds. There is more of emotion than of incident, patterned against the process of collecting the gallant little fleet. Inspiration quality, with a touch of romance. If the reading public is not sated with second hand identification with the Dunkirk saga, this is perhaps -- to date -- its most successful expression.