The story of two brothers, who could not be more opposite, experience the Great War in different ways.
Giles, the elder, popular, sporty brother enlists as a soldier. Robin, the younger, sickly brother is rejected when he tries to join up. Yet a mysterious bond exists between the brothers.
When Giles leaves for the trenches, it is as though Robin goes with him. He experiences all the sights, sounds, smells and emotions of his elder brother. He develops the same trench fever, and when his brother is seriously wounded, Robin too feels the same pain and experiences the same seven hours, buried under the rubble of a collapsed school.
While Giles is robust enough to survive the experience of war, the impact on Robin is far greater.
A fascinating and poignant tale.