In a crude hut in a quarry, the night before he is to be shot for abandoning his unit, young Allan McBride recalls the horrific and tragic events that have brought him to this. 

Like many other young soldiers, Allan enthusiastically signed up for the chance to join the war effort and be a part of the fighting. But after months in the ravaged battlefields, watching men, including his friend Ken, get blown up by German shelling, something in Allan snaps and he leaves his unit, believing he is "walking home to Canada" to get help for his friend.

After nearly a week of wandering aimlessly, Allan is taken in by a band of real deserters — men who have abandoned their units and live on the edge of survival in the woods of northern France. Once Allan realizes what he's done, he is paralyzed by the reality of his circumstance: if he stays with these men, it's possible they will be found and have to face the consequences; and if he returns to his unit, he will be charged with desertion — a charge punishable by death. 

"Wilson describes the sights, sounds, and smells of the trenches, where even the mud takes on 'an evil, living presence, determined to draw us down into the depths.'…this is a fascinating portrait of a young man pushed to the edge and struggling to come to terms with a world he could never have imagined…the powerful writing and strong characters will grip readers from beginning to end, and hopefully provoke some thoughtful discussion about this pivotal moment in history.” Quill&Quire

The author nails the essence of a tempestuous period. The writing is immaculate in the way it describes the monstrosities that soldiers must experience.” National Post

In this beautifully crafted and strongly written book…Wilson’s characters are meticulously constructed and brought to life on every page…Wilson’s prose is gripping and poetic, catching the attention of his audience from the start. Highly Recommended.” CM Magazine

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