The Fort : Summer 1779. Three small ships of the Royal Navy and seven hundred and fifty British soldiers. Their orders: to build a fort from which to control the New England seaboard. Forty-one American ships and over nine hundred men. Their orders: to expel the British. The battle that followed was a classic example of how the best-laid plans can be disrupted by personalty and politics, and of how warfare can bring out both the best and worst in men. It is a timeless tale of men at war, written by a master storyteller.