The author starts in the Crimean War and it continues through the Zulu campaigns in what would become South Africa. The book looks at families, the change that technology brings, and how the hero is involved in the Crimean War, the American Civil War, the Franco Prussian War, and the British Colonial Wars. The author has written three series on the British Calvary, Navy, and Air Force. The author also involves the ever present English class system. The books are multigenerational with Grandfather, Son , and Grandson involved. I have re read the series a number of times and chose to buy it when I could no longer find it the local library. The Grandfather ends up marrying a southern belle and the links to actual military people and politicians make good reading.