Twenty-six-year-old Captain Nichola Goddard was the sixteen Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan and earned herself a spot in the history books as the first female Canadian soldier to die in combat. Goddard, says her friends and family, would have hated being singled out for her gender: she was as strong, as capable and as brave as any male in uniform. She was not just a soldier on equal footing with her fellow troops; she was a leader, a "sunray", in military parlance, in one of the most dangerous positions in the armed forces, a Forward Observation Officer with the artillery unit. In SUNRAY: THE DEATH AND LIFE OF CAPTAIN NICHOLA GODDARD, award-winning journalist Valerie Fortney examines how a woman raised by self-described "left-wing hippies" came to find herself fighting and dying in Afghanistan. Based on in-depth interviews with Goddard's family, friends, and colleagues, as well as exclusive access to never-before-seen letters, SUNRAY tells the story of a remarkable 21-st century soldier. It is an intriguing, heartbreaking, and ultimately inspiring look at the decision to serve, and at what cost.