Into the hands of a guerilla band falls a remarkable cannon, an 18-pounder that transforms the rebels into a besieging army. With the gun they reduce fortresses, annihilate outposts, break the French in the field. In all this the guerillas are helped by English sea power.
"As the story of the Penisular War unfolds, as the gun is wheeled by its desperate men into the breach time and again, we come to love and trust the ungainly thing. Another of C.S. Forester's remarkable achievements." (B-O-T Editorial Review Board)