A translation from the Portuguese, this is the record, horrible yet absorbing, of the life on a rubber plantation in the jungles of Northern Brazil. The protagonist is an exiled morarchist, forced to become a rubber tapper, and wholly unfitted for the life. He makes an enemy of the overseer, but finally wins through to freedom. A life ridden by fears, fear of the owner and master, fear of the jungle and its power, fear of murderous Indians and wild beasts. A picture of almost unrelieved brutality -- another seamy side of the war for gain. A man's book, primarily.