Perhaps it's Love, the original element, which gives this book its name, concerns four young adults that play a vital role to follow their hearts; sometimes without adequate preparation, or the appropriate equipment as a test of the will. This of course, nearly crushes each person's spirit. In one-way or another, each youth is linked to each other (ages between 18 and 21). The novel is primarily concerned with choices in love, in some cases a manifesto about its dangers. At the end it, it must be said, nothing was tolerable but the best. No one was without sin.
Four youths [l967-68], while being in the process of growth get stirred up quite a lot, some even lost in the commotion of events, while feelings become nourished and intensified, all aching for love, in their own way. A lesson might well be learned if they can only harness their crying hearts; but first unhappiness has to be conquered (part of the theme and plot). The story has a shy-charm to it, a quick gaiety, and objective tenderness. It is dramatic; it has an exploring inner mind. Many parts of this book are based on actual events, transformed into historical fiction.