From one of the twentieth century's bestselling authors, this is a wonderful adventure set during the Napoleonic wars.
After the British victory at Busaco during the Peninsula campaigns of the Napoleonic Wars, Ensign Keith Graham finds himself cut off from the army, along with a sergeant and seven privates.
This ill-assorted, tattered band is joined by a Welsh campfollower, Gwyneth and she and Sergeant Fox help nineteen-year-old Graham achieve both manhood and leadership. Struggling through strange, often hostile country, with insufficient food and sometimes mutinous men, his one aim is to reach the coast and, hopefully, safety.
R.F. Delderfield is a born storyteller - Sunday Mirror
His narratives belong in a tradition that goes back to John Galsworthy - Life Magazine