The substance of this by the author of Red is vastly more interesting than the in which he has cast it. The story centers around a group of conss , their term as laternes in a mental hospital in Iowa, and specificality whose background is something of a mystery to the . Shortly after his an at the hospital, a visiting Colonel Binger, Military Intelligence, him as a one time soldier, despite his current stance the military. And at the same time, when the hoped for orders to go overseas in reconstruction work are it is Meers who proposes that the groups offer themselves as guinea in an to be on determining the limits of man's resistance to Nazi . This last half of the book, a closeup study of the changes hunger bring in p is by far the most unusual part of the tale. But throughout, the artifi of the style reading almost like stage directions with the use of the present and jerky directed and brief sentences- comes between the reader and the story.