Mates from the Sydney suburb of Botany go away to fight in the first world war. Far from the adventure they imagined, the five years bring challenge, fear and loss but also lighter moments and some unexpected romance.
The boys shoulder distinctive responsibilities in Gallipoli and France as ambulance driver, engineer, howitzer operator, spy-catcher and daring fighter pilot. Two Australian nurses and a French pastrycook enter their lives.
Based on true accounts, these Botany boys experience daily horrors but learn the true value of mateship and the cost involved in striving to preserve a way of life they believe cannot be compromised.