in the hills of Jamaica this is a story of a modern ""prophet,"" who named himself Moses and was convinced that he had had a vision and was called to take his people out of the of iniquity of Cockpit Centre, to find for them a new Canaan. Poverty, indolence, dirt, sex -- all were sins to be left behind. But Moses had his setbacks. In an attempt to demonstrate his power and fly- he broke a leg. Faced with the transfer of the same poverty, indolence, dirt and sex to the new hills of Hebron, he crucified himself- and died, not to be resurrected. This is the theme that provides the catalyst for a strangely introverted story, told on several levels of time. Moses appears only in the flashbacks. The main thread of story is centered on the choice of a new leader, Obadiah or Hugh, whose friendship crashes on the issue; or Miss , Moses' widow, who wishes to hold the post for their crippled son, . And the issue is intensified by the drought which has brought crop failure and object poverty once again to Moses' flock. The mood shifts from the rhythms of the Negro gatherings to the quarrles and bickerings and fears which turn them back to superstition and ancient rituals. Not easy reading, but it makes an indelible picture.