The one-time mayor of Narvik tells the story of invasion and resistence simply and effectively. He came to Narvik as a young, impecunious lawyer; soon became a vital part of the village, and, to his surprise, was chosen Mayor. He gives an understanding picture of the people, humble, reserved, with an inherent sense of social justice and responsibility. The first signs of encroachment came with unexplained tourists, then outright fifth columnists, and finally invasion, unsuspected by ""these good, dumb, democratic hearts"". He traces active and passive opposition, the freeing of Narvik when the French Foreign Legion occupied it successfully, and finally the devastation of Nazi reprisal. Broch, long under suspicion for signalling British ships, escaped during the final days to Sweden, thence to America.