November 1914, and the three surviving midshipmen enter the next phase of the war. Richard Baker is now a public figure as a VC and is active in the early days of the trenches, raiding and straightening the lines in minor actions. His battalion comes to the battle of Neuve Chapelle with a reputation for aggression and success, before meeting up with massed machine guns and uncut wire.
Simon Sturton continues to make a name as a successful young officer in the destroyers of the Harwich Patrol, taking part in the actions that were so frequent on the Belgian coast.
Christopher Adams enjoys success at the Falkland Islands, but then finds his glittering career faced with disaster from an unexpected cause.