Published: Aug 3 2018
It is 1899. Britain prepares for war against the South African ‘Boer’ republics of Transvaal and the Orange Free State. Rallying behind the Mother Country, the small colony of New Zealand prepares to send a unit of mounted infantry and a handful of nurses to South Africa. In the harsh climate and rugged terrain of the South African veld, short of everything and living rough, the ‘Māorilanders’ of the First New Zealand Mounted Rifles learn to survive. Through ambushes, skirmishes and battles, they learn their bloody trade – and earn the respect of both allies and enemies.
In more peaceful moments, there is time for romance. Both Mary and Davey fall in love. But love and war are uneasy bedfellows.