Very I dotting, crossing study of the remaking of a man, as young curate Noel Herriot, sheltered, withdrawn, is sent by his doctor to the African desert. He keeps his profession secret, and merges himself in the life about him, becoming involved with two woman, Azziza, an Outed Nall dancing girl, and Madame de Pleuniers, wife of the commanding officer of the district. Along recapitulation of unworldliness merged into worldliness, of the desert and its influence, of the white adapting himself to the country and its people, of a man, young in years and emotional development, growing up through bitter teaching. Hichens' fans should take this in their stride, me, I lops. Public Libraries know pretty much what to expect -- and how far they can go along.