The intrigue of treasure and its illegal lure is operative in this story of Arkas, a Cretan, war-time resistance leader and one-time worker for Sir Arthur Evans at Knossos, who is now hemmed in by deafness, and who has turned his talents and experience to illicit digs on a team of which he is the expert. But when Constantine, his bullying superior, brings an American of doubtful honesty to buy their finds, Arkas, who has meantime found a great new site, wants to break away and go to the authorities at Heraklion. He is not allowed to do so, and violence, ending in Constantine's death, follows. At the close, Arkas is exon of the death of which he is innocent, and rehabilitated through psychiatry and the love of a village girl and a small boy. Miss Ayrton has her pottery pieces but does not know how to put them together. The consequence is something of a hash of static action, with more than a dash of archaeology (good) and introspective theorizing (not good). Intermittently interesting.