Herbert Norman (1909-1957), born in Japan of Canadian missionary parents, was a brilliant Japanologist and Canadian diplomat. He committed suicide while Canadian ambassador in Cairo, when for the third time he was being accused of communist affiliations by McCarthyites in the United States. This sensitive biography of a somewhat naive intellectual describes Norman's left-wing ties as a student in the 1930s but presents convincing evidence of his loyalty to Canada as a diplomat. The case remains controversial to this day. There are still those who believe he was a spy.