Toxic enemy gas in the muddy trenches of Flanders overcomes Jim and Wally. They need evacuating to a London hospital. Mr Linton and Norah whisk them off to recuperate in the clean air and safety of Ireland –- via a hazardous crossing of the Irish Sea.
Ireland entrances them, and catching trout thrills them as they fish the lochs. They encounter a crippled man who turns out to be Sir John O’Neill, a delightful wealthy landowner who is only too glad of their company. He tours the countryside with them. The Australians experience life in the villages and Sir John enthralls them with his knowledge and stories of old Ireland.
Car troubles strand them at a seaside village for a few days, where the boys discover a sea cave with a hidden cache of fuel tins indicating the proximity of a German submarine. Risky plans are set afoot for enemy capture. They succeed, but at great cost.
Mary Grant Bruce dedicated this book to her husband, Major George Bruce. She wrote it in Cork in 1915-16, the year she became a mother.
The Trustee of The Mary Grant Bruce Family Trust owns the extant copyrights to this story.
First Published in: 1916
First Publisher: Ward, Lock & Co. Limited
Places First Published: London, Melbourne and Toronto