An enlightening, contemporary novel of treacherous Communist activity on the part of an English career officer -- and a gentleman- whose value to the party lessens as his marriage, independent of Party directive, destroys for them the value which he has built up in activist work. Major Lightfoot had hoped to indoctrinate Harriet, after their marriage, into Party work; instead the NKVD decrees her death. He fails in his first attempt; realizing her danger she disappears; NKVD betrays him to Scotland Yard, whereupon he kills himself. A warning story of undemocratic partisanship, peculiarly in the news. Tighter, more finely focussed than The Heretics.