The famous ""four horsemen of the Apocalypse"" were accompanied by a fifth, Reality, but to Reality small head was paid. This is the symbol back of the story of Jimmy Balley who returns from wartime England to his indifferent, isolationist, western home town. Boycotted by his parents and their country club set of America Firsters, witnessing his younger brother deliberately cracking himself up to avoid the draft, Balley finds sympathy only in Corinth, with whom he is working on poison gases, and in Audrey, who pursues him. Wylle has a versatile skilled hand in working a good bit of international innuendo into the media of a light, pop novel. He makes it smooth reading, convincing and absorbing, as Jimmy's brother and sister finally recognize the truth, a life is sacrificed to save a secret formula, and Jimmy stays in the United States to help the cause he endorses. Good rentals -- above average.