Casemate Publishing North West India, July 1897. Former army scout Simon Fonthill and his wife Alice are travelling with their old friend Jenkins to India for an anniversary party with the Guides Corps. However, an ambush on their journey gives signs that the land may not be as peaceful as they had believed. On arrival at Marden their suspicions are founded when they are told of fresh trouble from the Pathans leading Simon and Jenkins join the charge to protect a nearby Fort. Any respite is short-lived and when Simon is tasked by Viceroy Elgin to deliver a very important letter, the group set out for the Khyber Pass. But danger dogs their steps and Simon must battle against time and incredible odds in this the most recent of his exploits.
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