An ordinary chap's reluctant quest for military glory
Dick Coward is an ordinary chap in extraordinary circumstances. World War II's answer to Flashman, only much more honourable - Dick's a Coward by name but not by nature. Storming the Normandy beaches with the green berets of 47 (RM) Commando, Coward is protected by his long-suffering batman (and head groom to his estate) Price, for whom noblesse oblige died long ago at Passchendaele. But there are worse things than war, not least the horrific possibility that the family estate might fall into the hands of Coward's ghastly, undeserving brother.
Only by amassing sufficient military glory to appease his father - and living to tell the tale - can Coward guarantee that justice prevails.