"A man with such a dramatic martyrdom and intense commitment which led to that martyrdom is worthy of becoming a legend,"
Samuel Hugh Moffett of Princeton Seminary

Robert Jermain Thomas has become legendary in both North and South Korea: in the North he is considered enemy of empire - one who attempted to bring in American imperialism - and in the South he is considered the first martyred Protestant missionary to Korea.

Whether or not we should consider this man a martyr will necessarily depend upon our definition of the word, but the purpose of this book is not to answer that question, but to investigate the man himself. It does, however, answer the questions, who was Robert Jermain Thomas, what was the scope and purpose of his work in China and Korea, and what were the circumstances that led this man to Asia. These answers may lead the reader to come to conclusions con- cerning the questions surrounding his martyrdom.