1914. As British forces are desperately attempting to hold off the German invasion of France, Jim Hickman and Bertie Murphy are plunged into this nightmare. Loyal friends since childhood, the pair have done everything together, from falling in love with the same girl to enlisting when the war began. But while Jim receives honour after honour, Bertie struggles to deal with the mindless slaughter around him. And back in their home town of Birmingham, their beloved Polly must find a way to choose between the two men ...