A young Roman Catholic girl experiences the war as a crucible of the spirit. Characteristic of the whole book is the originality of thought and expression in the title. There is a penetrating freshness and spirituality that is both stimulating and revealing. Instead of the phrase we unthinkingly use, the ""Hell of War"", she thinks through the phrase to its meaning and implications, finds this war the testing ground of human fragility. This is the only true and effective defense we can use to control our fear add sorrow.