Squadron Leader Leonard is an enthusiastic Arabic student eager to win the hearts and minds of the Arabs in the wake of the disastrous Anglo French foray on the Suez Canal during the 1956 confrontations with Egypt. The mountains of Lebanon and the indomitable wit of its heterogeneous people provide a spirited refuge for his advance Arabic studies. Iraq leads a false trail creating an elusive immutability as a dependable British Ally. Aden is the prelude to his work in the field but also the portent of an ominous future. His final destination further East presents soul searching challenges when he finds his core values tested to the limit in a peasant rebellion against their depraved ruler. It is in this setting that he is tripped up in an ambush where his dramatic riposte leads him to the relentless sequel of trial by Court Martial.