A great nation is at war with itself.
A young and penniless boy - Johnny Madigan - lies about his age to become a Union Soldier.
But after fighting his way through some of the most brutal conflicts of the American Civil War and surviving terrible wounds Johnny Madigan now faces an even deadlier battlefield.
He must fight on the Home Front.
Just over seventy years ago the world witnessed one of the most audacious and villainous surprise attacks in history.
While Tokyo and Washington talked peace, hundreds of Japanese war planes descended on the Sunday morning calm of Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941.
In less than 90 minutes four battleships were sunk, four more badly damaged and hundreds of American warplanes lay burnt out in tangled heaps on the runways.
One great war. Two nations facing each other across the North Sea. Two mighty fleets each waiting for the chance to annihilate the other.
At Scapa Flow, the British Grand Fleet blocked Germany’s exit to the Atlantic. From the German ports, the High Seas Fleet waited to pounce on any British ship that left the safety of its home port.
But did these great fleets have great commanders to match the challenge they faced?
Never was there a naval battle like Midway. It was fought at a place thousands of miles from land, by hundreds of planes over distances of hundreds of miles. It saw four massive Japanese aircraft carriers pitted against three similarly huge American carriers in a battle for domination of the Pacific.
The battle is the story of the young Japanese empire seeking to challenge the established industrial power of America. Japan had smashed America at Pearl Harbour, shaken her at Coral Sea. Now she was ready to risk all in one mighty attempt to drive the United States Navy from the Pacific Ocean.
Johnny Madigan is orphaned, penniless and just sixteen years old.
He tells a Union Army recruiting sergeant he is eighteen and old enough to fight.
But is he - or indeed any man - ready to be thrown into the horrors of the American Civil War?
On the bloody field of the Battle of Fredericksburg, as thousands of young men in both blue and grey are brutally cut down, the boy becomes a man.
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