An unusual and oddly moving story of Christianity operating through a succession of strange events. Jane Breasted, Quaker and a missionary in Western China, knows that death is near and the threat of agonizing pain imminent. But her humor and courage surmount her personal problems and give her intensified opportunity to be of service to mankind in her last days, spent though they are in the quiet of a beautiful walled garden loaned her by a one time student. Many in trouble visit her there and draw from her strength to face their problems:- an American pilot, shattered by fear of death; a Confucian scholar, with a touch-me-not attitude towards unpleasantness; a half-breed with a twisted psychology; a Communist girl whose life is ruled by hate, but who would have her child born in safety; a society girl, who plays with men's emotions- and uses them in the dangerous path she has chosen; a Chinese student, beaten and shattered because of his beliefs --these and others are drawn to her. Here is a microcosm of the forces that rend China, gathered together with a tenuous string of plot, set against a garden that symbolizes ancient China. A story told out of burning faith and informed by years of experience in modern China Publishers' backing.