David Archibald Stirling was an aristocratic dreamer who had once held ambitions to be an artist. However, as the war in the desert during WWII reached its most desperate stage, Stirling had a vision for a new kind of war.
With the tragic loss of Jock Lewes, Stirling's second in command is now the newly promoted Captain Paddy Mayne, an officer as unpredictable and dangerous as the new phase of war that is about to begin.
Stirling is locked away in Hitler's most secure prison, Colditz. Leadership of the SAS passes to Paddy Mayne, a man who built his reputation on the battlefield as a warrior of the first rank.