An unforgettable tale of anguish, courage and divided loyalties set against the Anglo-Boer War at the turn of the century.
A commission in a regiment he despises, and marriage to a virtuous woman who wants only his name and wealth – those are his father’s conditions for saving Alex Russell from scandal and bankruptcy.
Brutally rejecting his fiancée, Alex sails for South Africa with the Downshire Rifles and fights for moral and physical survival during the prelude to the war. His passion for a local girl is his salvation until her family takes up arms against the British, and they are forced to treat each other as enemies…
Elizabeth Darrell is the penname of Emma Drummond, born in 1931. Her father was a member of the British Army stationed in Hong Kong, where Drummond spent the early years of her life. As well as writing books, she worked in the Women’s Royal Army Corps.