The author team of Angry Harvest (1958) have again collaborated on this novel-study of the mostly demoralizing, occasionally ennobling effects of war upon people. The town of Duck Lans, a fictive microcosm of Poland, is the focal point and World War II puts its inhabitants to the test. The social deck is reshuffled. Some adapt; some hold on to old values. The town where finds love in a forest clearing. The town titan's financial empire topples and he must back newspapers at the kiosk. A Professor who wants only to survive the skirmish is dragged off to Auschwitz. Some fugitive Jews die well and an industrialist's laughter, who began in search of love, ends in dire need of penicillin. This has been done -- all of it -- and done far better. The authors' attempt at adjectival simplicity leaves Poland with a of ""clear, crisp nights"". Duck Lane is a place entirely too familiar to the traveler.