Colorfully, lyrically, a little nostalgically, an Army officer stationed for years in Malaysia paints a pen portrait of the passing of the islands and the peoples as the author knew them before the advent of a new Philippine Islands wearing the label ""Made in Japan"". Malaysia faces the cross winds of empire. The writer goes from island to island in the China Sea, talks of Filipinos and Moros and Chinese and mestizos, shows the dual influence of two faiths, Catholicism and Mohammedanism, shows the natives in their homes, their industries. Between the lines, the economic implications are disseminated. The islands emerge as a ""crude, untaught Commonwealth, in the badly fitting garb of a democracy, headed toward economic breakdown, bloodshed and Japanese absorption"". An observant, sympathetic book, in which he views the unpreparedness of the people, the certain domination of Japan.