"Captain James Fortune and Sergeant John Finch both reside in the same village in Hampshire. Though they come from very different backgrounds, two factors link them together. Firstly, they both belong to the Rifle Brigade. The second factor, however, is only known to one of them: they are related.
The story begins as rumours circulate about the likelihood of the outbreak of war and the regiment is subsequently posted to the Crimean Peninsula. Fortune and Finch embark on a gripping journey from the Battle of the Alma to the Siege of Sevastopol, where both men are involved in a secret and dangerous mission..."