A man of God, good will and guts reminisces about his life in Tibet from 1929 to 1941, with a four year break during that time. Ekvall writes little of himself and his family, more of his Tibetan friends -- and his life serves ""as a window through which the reader may see our Tibetan friends and the people of that land"". The chapters form episodes in a rather rambling form --threaded by the people themselves. Ekvall gives the flavor of Tibetan life and interesting insights into the ideology, social customs, religion and morals more by just happening upon them as we follow him rather than through any seemingly preordained design. His dealings with a ""wild and reckless"" people reveal humor, tact and courage. Banditry, feuds, sex, violence are here, but they are recorded quietly and afford relaxing entertainment as well as enlightenment.