Timely and surprisingly unpartisan in dealing with an inflammable issue, this is a good story with a well-sustained and credible plot. Three 13-year old boys are thrown together by circumstance and propinquity,- a Jew, an Arab, an English boy. They learn to respect each other and fuse a fine friendship when they pool their gifts to find a young Palestinian girl who has been kidnapped by the irate and wealthy Arab landowner who objects to Jewish-Arab colonization and irrigation of a broken-down strip of land. He is bent on driving out the farmer Arabs who have settled and worked the land his forebears wasted. The well that the engineers are drilling is sabotaged; the Jewish girl stolen. A fascinating journey through the Holy Land in search of the girl provided in a natural way an interesting ""tour"". Bits of history, social conditions, peoples, and thrilling geography combine with a good tale, which has a happy ending as the boys outwit the Arab robber-baron, and recover the girl. The Arab-Jewish well is dug, water flows again to the shrivelling orange trees, two peoples find common aspirations through mutual good will. Fine feeling for region and people. In format the book will be similar to Adventure in Tunisia.