First published in 1941, The Aerodrome is clearly an allegory of fascism-- of its seductive strength and its ultimate inhumanity. The book is also and just as importantly a love story, and both aspects are meshed in an exciting narrative of mystery, event and surprise. The central character is a young man of ""the Village"" who unlearns and relearns; who, hearing too many terrible, irrational secrets about those he knows, is taken up by the discipline, reason and power of the Air Force. He comes to see what exactly the Aerodrome represents. The story itself is straight, abruptly punctuated by sharp, brutal scenes and surprise revelations. Who is Bess, the girl he secretly married who betrays him? What is the relationship between the Rector's anguished confession of murder and the cool cruelty of the Air Vice-Marshal? What is the Air Force planning, after taking over the village? These questions and their answers move the book, and although the frame of the story seems simplistic, Warner's characters are individuals and give life to the allegory. It will engage the reader in a strong and stirring fashion.