South Africa -- May, 1879: A new Provost-Marshal at Landman's Drift... and Ensign Sebastian Early of the 24th Foot is confronted with a dead (and unidentified) body. The burial is hasty, to 'cover things over', but Ensign Early feels he must find out what happened.
And the body turns out to have been a lieutenant.
Who may have died in a duel- illegal in this age.
As the British Army prepares to march against the Zulus, Early is confronted by an "officer's code of silence". He must find answers before the larger conflict commences...
People have have very good things to say about Garry Douglas Kilworth's previous works- science fiction, young adult and fantasy in addition to his military stories. In these tales, Publishers Weekly likes his "straightforward action in the vein of Bernard Cornwell's Richard Sharpe..."