Fetters Fall Author:John Bechtel Dr. Bradford S. Chapman, accompanied by his daughter, Jocelyn, is taking a worldwide tour to make a firsthand survey of comparative religions, having been sent out by Lawnsward University, where he is the professor of Christian Education and Theology. Arriving in Hon Kong on the S.S. Rajah, the professor and his daughter are met by a former stud... more »ent of Lawnsward, Mr. Horace Chaang, an ardent Chinese Buddhist and successful Hong Long businessman. Due to war conditions it is impossible for the professor to immediately continue his itinerary, and hence he accepts the hospitality offered by Mr. Chaang while awaiting phane accommodations.
Entertained at Cathay House, the palatial home of the Chaang's, Jocelyn meets Wally Lindsay, who later saves her from drowning when she suffers a cramp while swimming. Under the experienced guidance of Wally, Jocelyn is introduced to Hong Kong's "younger Chinese set," and participates in the tineselled, superficial existence of the Chinese society butterflies. Swept off her feet by the rapid advances of Wally, Jocelyn would have become hopelessly involved, had not the Revered Donald MacDermott come upon the scent. During their student days at Lawnsward University Jocelyn and Donald had met, fallen in love, and become engaged. However, when Donald was converted and decided to go to China as a missionary, Jocelyn terminated their engagement, and in order to forget and sooth her heartbreak, Jocelyn had accompanied her father on his tour. Meanwhile Donald, as a missionary, is located in Hong Long where he is the pastor of a small Chinese chapel located just on the opposite side of a brick wall which separates it from the spacious grounds of Cathay Hall. The two erstwhile sweethearts meet after an interim of three years, the fires of love are rekindled, but Donald refuses to compromise with the result that Jocelyn ridicules him in the presence of her new Chinese friends.
Upon the receipt of a cablegram, advising them to return to America, the professor, Jocelyn, and Wally book passage on the Clipper for America. On the morning of December 8, 1941, they are waiting for the Clipper to take off, when suddenly the air raid sirens sound forth their warning, the Japanese bombers come over, and amid falling bombs and screaming shells the attack on Hong Kong materializes. Three weeks of warfare follow during which Jocelyn and Donald, together with three members of the Kowloon Chapel, devote their time to feeding the hungry Chinese multidudes who flock to the Hong Kong Government rice depots in search of food. After the surrender of Hong Kong, the professor, Jocelyn, Donald, and Wally are interned by the Japaese in Stanley Concentration Camp. ... But to reveal any more of the story would just spoil part of the joy of reading the tale. Therefore, it will suffice to whet your appetite to know that FETTERS FALL has what it takes to make an interesting, exciting narrative. In addition, emphasis is placed tactfully yet forefully on the spiritual as well as the physical experiences of the various character around whom the story is wound.« less