A Max Rydal Military Mystery - November fifth. Soldiers and their families gather to celebrate with a fireworks display and a giant bonfire, but delight turns to fear when it explodes to send flaming debris over the spectators. A battalion of Drumdorran Fusiliers has marched in that same afternoon, and when the wife of their Pipe Major dies from her injuries the Scots vent their anger on resident troops. Military detectives Max Rydal and Tom Black investigate as tensions flare. And then another dangerous incident occurs . . .