The Barr family responds to the call – cousins Johnny, Davey, Lachie and Mary volunteer t serve and set sail o a great adventure.
Disembarking at Cape Town, men, horses and nurses are hurried to the front. The Boer proves a formidable foe. Fighting on his home ground, well-armed and highly mobile, he inflicts several defeats on British forces.
In the harsh climate and rugged terrain of the South African veld, short of everything and living rough, the ‘Maorilanders’ 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 …