Behind enemy lines, Captain Daniel Rawson must face a ruthless foe. 1709. Europe is in the midst of the coldest winter for a century. France, her people starving and her army rattled by mutiny and desertions, negotiates with England for peace. But despite Captain Daniel Rawson's attempts to seek out vital information in Paris, the peace talks collapse. As the opposing armies mass in the area around the village of Malplaquet, a bloody encounter looms. If Daniel manages to return safely to the British forces, he must then stand fast and fight in their most murdering battle yet.