A second Australian novel () which offers an intense love story, projected against the shadow world of tuberculosis, with particular conviction and compassion. For Bart, restless by nature, returns from the wars to resume what had only been a momentary relationship with Jan, and, when she is diagnosed as tubercular, knows for the first time the full meaning of his love for her. Assuming the financial responsibility for her care in a private sanitarium when no bed is otherwise available, Bart gives her also her one hope of recovery in his love for her. And in the setback she experiences, brought on by a casual infidelity with another woman, Bart feels only the bitterness of guilt rather than the resentment of her dependence which increases when she is sent home. Marrying her, so that he can take care of her, this follows the slow progression of the days while waiting for a vacancy in a state hospital, the weakening and worsening of the disease, and finally the admission to a hospital where Bart gets a job as orderly- to be near her, only to face the hopeless acknowledgment that she will die... While there may be little literary virtue here, this- in its portrayal of the long travail of illness and the selfless devotion it elicits, is direct and touching in its emotional impact.