The Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs tells here, through his own experiences, the story of the invasion of the Low Countries, of his own country's stubborn protest against betrayal and the ruthless violation of its neutrality. He pictures Holland, up to May 1940, as an island of peace, pursuing a diplomatic policy of impartiality even assuming protectorate of German interests abroad. Successive disquieting incidents proved Germany was not to be trusted (espionage, fifth column activities, inability to secure arms). Then, without warning, invasion, the attempt to kidnap the Queen, five days of resistance and defeat. A small book, containing some sidelights on the German machinations, but not anything startlingly new. A more objective book will probably be written later.