In the dark turmoil of 1936 Europe, a young Spanish Civil War captain showed up at a refugee camp in France.
Barely twenty years old, Eulalio Ferrer had nothing: alone, disillusioned and shell shocked, all he had in his pockets was a crumpled pack of cigarettes. Starving, having witnessed war and death and horrible atrocities, Ferrer was on the brink of madness.
"Tobacco for a book", - Ferrer suddenly heard a voice of an old French soldier, looking to exchange a pocket tome for a pack of cigarettes. "Tobacco! Who has tobacco?".
The soldier's book was very small. Ferrer hesitated; the book could serve as a pillow, he decided finally, and gave the soldier his pack of smokes.
But instead of putting the little volume under his head, the young captain opened it and began reading. He devoured the book from end to end. Then again. And again. And again.