A unique story -- up to a certain point extraordinarily well done, and even taken as a whole, far better than average....A deportation train starts in Seattle with its load of undesirable aliens, picking up more on its transcontinental trip to Ellis Island. Briefly, the stories of the original passengers are told, grimly the trip is described, and against this background, Viennese Paul and Belgian Stephanie become absorbed in their shy, sad romance. Then a wreck -- escape -- changed names and new backgrounds -- but always the threat of exposure and deportation. The threads are picked up nine years later, when Paul and Stephanie meet again. Good reading, with sidelights on many aspects of immigration and the problems of aliens.