Joseph Victor, a newspaper correspondent, a rather disconsolate figure who has never been able to live with his default (a child prodigy, he had run away from his concert career) is now, in 1948, in Rome. There too he fails to connect with life and after a brief affair, is sent on the the Middle East to Palestine. Aboard a refugee packed ship, he meets Anna, and her child Mia, and Anna is the victim of a greater grief- the bitter war experience, the death of her husband. Reluctantly she falls in love with Joseph, knowing that they will be separated as she goes to join one of the kibbutzim, he to cover the Arab-Israeli action in the war the newly proclaimed state undergoes. Mia is killed by the shelling of a plane; Anna, distraught, goes to join Joseph in the fortress under siege, and is killed; and finally Joseph, who has learned not to run away, also is able to accept rather than deny... Nathan's Exodus is expectedly plaintive, triste and elegiac, full of ""gentle sorrowing"" and healing, and it keeps a long established tryst with a certain readership.