The Beecheys were a close-knit family. But swept into the devastation of the Great War, the brothers paid the ultimate price for King and country, one after another. In a small case handed down through the family were hundreds of letters from the boys. Scraps of paper scribbled on in the firing line, heartfelt deathbed letters and exasperated notes detailing life in the trenches. Piecing together the Beechey story, Walsh interweaves theses letters with a moving account of the wars shattering effects at home and abroad.