Billy Bacon has become a major at a young age and has joined the Company’s Army in Madras. There he does his best to become respectable, as a major must. He achieves a nabob’s daughter as fiancée and goes off to war, where he is involved in fierce fighting and comes out as a hero – very conveniently.
Married, rich and respected, he is sent back to England to become a senior officer of the Training College for Company Officers, which is in the process of creation. As he is conveniently available when another mission arises, Billy is to leave England quite rapidly again.