The success of Ilona Karmel's Stephania may provide a clue to the market for this novel of illness, though again we fail to find it challenging. It seems a slow-moving study of the sensibilities of a group of characters in a Savoy tubercular resort. The time is the mounting years of tension in France from 1938 through World War II. There is the disillusioned girl whose illness gives her a discipline she had not known; a young German student tainted by his Hitlerized youth; a threadbare French student who represents an enlightened point of view; a henpecked doctor; a brilliant youth connected with the French ministry; a local school teacher, young and timid. The illness of the girl has its effect on each of the others, whose lives- through the contact and shared experience, as she approaches death, are subtly changed. A first novel.