A slender allegory revealing the gallant nature of the human being in extremis through the person of a thirteen-year-old Hungarian boy struggling to gain the west of England, the sea and freedom. As he strives to feed himself and the young woman heavy with child whom he has met on the way, he has cause to meditate on the primitive rites of life -- the force that must be faced, even within himself. Unable to capture a carp, he must kill his pet the rabbit for his own survival, and in turn loses his fight for life to his friend the blizzard, the worthy, wished-for adversary. A gentleness prevails over this tale with its terrible but noble theme, its inevitability. In the genre of The Old Man and the Sea, but not to be compared with it.