Autumn 1915. On the western front the men of the Kings Own Royal Oxfordshire regiment, still recovering from their losses during the battle of Loos, await reinforcements. For Corporal Bramley the newcomers are men who have been sent unprepared into the madness of war. He knows that he can save some of them if he teaches them quickly but time is a luxury in the front line. For Corporal Chadwick the new men are weapons to fight the enemy with. Men with whom he will be able to avenge the deaths of so many of his old comrades. To the newly arrived Wil Fowler there is much to be learned from both men, but time is short. Already their commanders are planning their next attack and soon, ready or not, they would all have to climb the trench ladders and step forward into the smoke and fire of the next big push.