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Flanders, 1917: A British officer is shot dead, killed not by German fire, but while recuperating from shell shock well behind the lines. A young English soldier is arrested and, although he protests his innocence, charged with murder. Previously a police detective and now imprisoned as a conscientious objector, Douglas Kingsley is sent to France in order to secure a conviction. As he conducts his investigations amidst The Third Battle of Ypres, Kingsley soon finds himself questioning the honor of saving a man from the gallows if he is only to return to a suicide battle. As the gap between legally sanctioned and illegal murder becomes evermore blurred, Kingsley quickly learns that truth is the first casualty of war.