The $15,000 Christopher Prize Novel would ride on its own merits as a psychological approach to a spy thriller, unique in handling and specific angling. After a slow start the story gathers momentum, as the reader becomes one with young Happy, a German lad brought up with sublime faith in the cause of freedom, who has given himself to U.S. Army Intelligence, with all the danger it entails. The story of his perilous journey across southern Germany to Mannheim is not only thrilling as any spy romance, but a revealing blow by blow picture of that part of Germany at point of collapse. There's an idealism burdened with inner conflict as Happy faced his mission, knowing the probable cost. The end seemed inevitable- but its bitter futility was spared when Paluka, who had volunteered for the same service for the adventure entailed, completed Happy's task for him. A notable book, chosen from among 2000 manuscripts submitted -- a first novel which would indicate a practised hand. Watch it. It deserves all the breaks you can give it.