This is the story of Heinrich Harrer and his mountain climbing companion Peter Aufschnaiter. Initially a member of the reconnaissance expedition to the Himalayan peaks, the completed task ended as WW2 began. From their internment prison camp they eventually succeed in escaping to Tibet and thereafter enter the holy city of Lhasa. Harrer would become a close friend to the youth Dalai Lama - with whom he would correspond and see on various occasions after the war. PS: the library records are incorrect; this volume has several pages of photographs and line drawings. This edition is from 1954 and not 1983. Fans of mountain climbing are probably aware of Harrer's ascent of the Eiger Mountain. If not, read the fascinating other book entitled 'The White Spider.'