As the dawn of the twentieth century approaches, war between the most powerful colonising power in the world, England, and two small independent states at the tip of southern Africa is imminent.
Corporal Jimmy Bond is a young idealist embarking on his tour of duty in the belief that this is a noble war. His ideals are soon challenged as he is faced by a determined and unorthodox enemy – Boer Commandos.
Jan Brede, a young Afrikaner, returns to his homeland in the south after hunting elephant in the Zambezi Valley. He is intercepted during his journey by the English militia and entrained for the prison camps in the interior before making good his escape. Having had his belongings confiscated by the English, Jan journeys into the interior, joining forces with the enigmatic Umbani, a Zulu warrior blessed with the sacred gift of the isangoma. Together, the two men are thrust into the war through cruel and tragic circumstances, witnessing the utter brutality of Lord Kitchener’s Scorched Earth Policy.
Anne Burnett travels to war-torn South Africa to serve as a volunteer nurse. Little could she have comprehended the effect this magnificent land would have upon her. Nor could she ever have imagined falling in love with one of her country’s enemies, an impossible liaison that strengthens her resolve and opens her eyes to the cruelty of war.
This tale of war and adventure is littered with vibrant historical characters: the Prophecy of Nicolaas van Rensburg, the Genius of General Smuts, the list is substantial. Riders in the Night heralds the incredible bravery of many nondescript men, true tales of mischief and unrivalled adventure amidst a backdrop of a terrible war.