Saga length woman's story, of the adjustments Mathilde made from her childhood world of fairy tales, as she grew up in a small Swiss village, to the problem of the war years, and readjustment problems. At 17 she married a doctor. She had clothed her love in romantic dreams- seeing herself carried away on a white charger, sharing his mission to save mankind. But he turns out to be a practical, unimaginative man, and when he beats her Mathilde retur to her mother. Bank into her life comes Weston, an Englishman, who loves her -- marries her- and goes to fight for five years. Eventually, the war behind them, they face nation- and eventual resolution. Rentale, largely.