‘As the flames burned furiously, the body seemed to come alive. The fingers began to curl and turn white as the skin blistered and popped. Slowly the body began to sit up as the stomach muscles contracted in the heat. The lips disappeared and for a moment the body grinned at the watchers as if it found the whole affair somewhat amusing.’
Jack Henning is a dispassionate participant in an African war, a war he becomes embroiled in for reasons that not even he understands. At the same time as he discovers the horrors and brutalities of armed combat he finds love, learns about himself and discovers what is important in life.