South Africa, May 1879. Ensign Sebastian Early of the 24th Foot is warming to his role as the Provost-Marshal in the British army encampment at Landman’s Drift. When an unidentified corpse turns up in camp after a reported hunting accident and is hurriedly buried, Sebastian quickly discovers that the man, a lieutenant, was in fact killed in an illegal duel, which means that his death should be treated as manslaughter, or even murder. However, his attempts to find the perpetrators are continually thwarted when the officer classes close ranks behind a gentleman’s code. As the army prepares to march on the Zulus, Sebastian must find a way to break through the wall of silence before the trail goes cold….
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