Miles Player, a young officer in the Prince Regent’s Light Infantry, has arrived with his regiment in Kenya to fight in the Mau Mau emergency. In the last days of their passage out on the troopship the colonel mysteriously fell overboard. Did he jump or was he pushed?
Miles narrates how the regiment comes to terms with the colonel’s death, how they fight in the forest and how they enjoy all the country has to offer. Later he observes the Suez crisis and finally takes part in a small war in the Aden Protectorate.