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This book continues the story of Charlie Wilcox, now 17 years old. We first meet the young protagonist in the award-winning book Charlie Wilcox, though it is not necessary to have read the first story to enjoy this sequel. Its Prologue and Who's Who help identify the characters, and a helpful glossary is also provided. In it, Charlie recounts his story in a series of flashbacks to his friend Claire.
He explains how he worked as a volunteer medic at the Front in France. While stitching up one of the wounded, he realizes that the patient is the enemy. Dr. Daniels, a fellow Newfoundlander, tells him that he has no business being a medic if he doesn't treat everyone. Charlie realizes that it is easier to kill if you think of your enemy as a monster. Since Charlie is so young, Dr. Daniels tries to send him back home, but Charlie gets himself into an adventure that would not be out of place in a spy story. The plane he is in is shot down behind enemy lines. He and the pilot steal a German plane, which then gets shot down by their side, and they must jump. Fortunately, German planes carried parachutes (British planes did not); unfortunately, the two landed right in No Man's Land. McKay's descriptions make you feel like you are right there with Charlie.