A story of indirect, intense interaction between father and son, this has much of the fascination -- and curious concentration of emotion which marks her previous books (Young Man With a Horn, Trio, etc.) This, in sequences of cumulative tension, tells of Jose Richter's return to Mexico and to his father, Carlos, who respected only power, who controlled -- if only by destruction- those around him. For the first time, Carlos is unable to exact submission from Jose, to keep him away from Fran Anderson, who had once been engaged to teach him English, and had then been withdrawn from his life. Through her he learns how his mother had died. In a final break with his father, Jose gets his first emancipation. His second comes when, for the sake of the boy she loved, Fran kills herself and the man with whom she had slept. Effective- as a story of subdued, if no less charged violence.