A young army clerk is keeping records while his unit is on training maneuvers when an accidental explosion, or so it appears at the time, mangle his legs. Although his medical needs are met, he is informed he will never walk again. An elderly psychiatrist convinces him to try music as a therapy, and the young man is introduced to classical music. The music, along with a monumental temper, aids in recovery, and the soldier learns to accept his physical disability. March arrives and the featured selection is Wagner. Upon playing the record, the soldier is transported to the world of Rai where he is welcomed as a great warrior, even though he wants nothing to do with war and considers himself in no way a leader of men. A combination of the musical world of Rai and his temper, which causes strange things to happen, lead him into reluctant adventures against a fierce enemyThe Lord of Silence. The book, The Symphony of Rai, is structured in three movements, and each chapter is indicated by musical notationhow to read the chapter. The book is an exciting and very readable novel filled with magical characters, adventure, romance, and surprises.