Jacques Lusseyran was totally blinded in an accident at the age of seven. He was a brilliant student and had a wide circle of friends when, during the first Nazi spring in Paris, he experienced intense revulsion at the cruelties inflicted upon Jews and other ""undesirables"" and transformed his friends into lieutenants in a resistance movement. He was seventeen years old. Of the group he alone survived. More striking even than the author's conquest of his handicap, endurance in the face of suffering, restraint in recounting iniquity, is the strong spirit of optimism and joy in life that pervades this story of real and metaphorical darkness.