This is a discovery, in the same sense that Musa Dagh was one, and like that memorable book is a revitalization of a virtually unknown segment of history. Parallel to America's struggle for freedom is this migration of half a million Mongols, to escape the stranglehold of Catherine the Great, only to meet disaster in a new slavery in China where they settled. The story is told with an extraordinary sense of the character of the people, the tragedy of the internal jealousies and ambitions that brought destruction, and the heroic effort to overcome drought, famine, recurrent attacks on raiders, as they crossed the vast desert of Central Asia. The tragic romance of a Torgut princess and a young warrior is interwoven with the main theme. Grand reading and utterly new.