A protest and a plea, in story form, tells of a young American's attempt to rehabilitate a boy- out of Buchenwald. For David Hutchinson cannot evade the call of conscience and the lien of identification with the boy Saul- who looks him up when he comes to America and transfers on Hutchinson a trust and a respect he cannot deny. But while Hutchinson fails to reconcile Kay, whom he loves, to the relationship with Saul which she finds intrusive, he also fails with Saul to get past the barrier of Buchenwald and to the source of shame in Saul's racial heritage which is also a sense of sin. And when David learns that Saul's guilt is the rejection of his faith which had saved his life- it is too late, and others- looking for an easy way to exorcise the past- drive him to kill in an attempt to balance off the old score.... There are sincere intentions here- convictions too-which give this its purpose which may be defeated by a prose which is at best emphatic.