A rough-cut World War II setting points up the tragedy of a dying love in an attenuated marital relationship between an unhappy British officer and the gossamer being he attempts to hold in wedlock. Paul Lightoller, writer of radio propaganda, steams in Algiers in the company of restless, ill-assorted men. Contact with the Yankee newspaperman, Annun, (whom Lightoller calls ""Hound"" not without reason), a feverish personality with a urfe of sexual experiences but unable to give himself to real love, Lightoller again to the problem of his lovely wife in England -- a passionate, childlike woman demanding a fierce and all-absorbing love. In vain Lightoller realizes that his wife is the center of a peculiar feminine perspective which is unified destroyed by the presence or absence of the complete ego of the man she loves. Inevitably the marriage falls, and and Lightoller (whom Hound calls ""Bahy"") commi . Some heavy Hemingway linkers here, and the see-saw conversations of Hound and Baby are as painful as a series of hammer blows. Spotty.