The consular whirl provides the setting for the story of Daphne and Michael Trent -- penniless, with a first appointment in Bolivia, where Daphne, very ill, is pulled through by her inner strength and purpose. China next, where Trent does excellent work but is stopped from advancement through a diplomatic blunder. Angry and disappointed he leaves the service, goes out to make big money. Daphne breaks with him since she will not countenance the easy way. After years of separation, they are reunited and, back in diplomacy again, they get the ambassadorship to London through her charm, insight and strength...A flag-waving finale. Full reading for better rentals.