A first novel of distinct promise and more than average appeal. The subject skirts dangerous waters -- in the romance of an American missionary's daughter, little more than a child, with an Eurasian youth, embittered by his mixed heritage, and hating both the Chinese and the whites. China -- now the Europeanized sections of a city, now an inland village, almost wholly Chinese -- is the background. The conflicts lie in the youth himself -- race against race -- and in his morbid determination to sacrifice anyone and anything that stands in his way to achieve the pinnacle he thinks essential to offset his birth. But the story is that of the girl, sensitive to her own ultimate sacrifice to his ambition. The period is pre-revolutionary China. The market should not be confined to those who like the Oriental setting, for the background is not the essential thing here. Not for a wide public -- but the discriminating reader who likes to ""discover"" new talent will like it.