'Paula, the sister of Johann Liebert, a mediocre composer, and herself, a professional singer, is the centre in Berlin just before the war of a group of young people inte rested in music. One of them a young Englishman, Alan Bainfrey, loves Paula, and she is attracted to him! The war breaks up this circle of friends, and Liebert and Bainfrey become enemies in opposing armies. A Aalse Caprice played by the young German composer on the eve of their parting obsesses the mind of the Englishman, who is shell-shocked in the war, and labors under the delusion that his hand in battle had killed Paula's brother. The plot is dramatically brought up to tragic climax. Alan commits suicide, and another man to whom Paula had given herself was killed in action at Verdun. The Valse Caprice, purporting to be an epitome of a man's life in terms of music, was actually fustian, but Alan's remembrance of it had, with his own imagination and creative genius, converted it into a masterpiece.'
Source: 'Novels Reviewed', Chronicle [Adelaide], 9 February 1933, p.2.