This is a straightforward account of present day life in Cambodia told against the background of tradition. Readers are introduced to the rice growing and harvesting occupations, the process of mining exotic stones, the fishing and chupa industries -- all mainstays of Cambodian economic life. A picture of village and city ways, a discussion of religion, an outline of the many unusual customs of these people and of their struggle to forge a place in the modern world are some aspects of attention. Illustrated with photographs and based on the author's first-hand experiences, this is undoubtedly useful as a reference or information text. Miss Tooze relies solely on straight information to capture her audience. In her desire to impart the many facts she absorbed, she neglects to imbue her story with excitement, or drama. Unlike Maureen Daly who makes an informative text unforgettable, Miss Tooze is strictly academic.