1975: Belize, Central America, is threatened by the expansionist ambitions of Guatemala, so it is home to a garrison of British troops. The climate is hot and sticky, tempers get frayed, and passions are easily aroused. James Graveney, a young Major in a respectable regiment, is outwardly conventional. Son of an English country gentleman, well educated, good-looking and sporty, James cheerfully sleeps around but does not 'do love'. In private James is bisexual, with a strong urge for his own sex. Gay sex, however, is illegal in the Army, so he is discreet about this. James' world is turned upside-down when 4 Company of the Fifth Battalion of the Parachute Regiment arrives in Belize for jungle training. The Advance Liaison Officer, Lieutenant Richard Finch, is intelligent, charismatic and exceptionally handsome. He doesn't mess around. He gets what he wants, and is completely unscrupulous about how he gets it. Now he wants a full, passionate and committed relationship with James, damn what anyone else thinks and damn the consequences. Richard will stop at nothing to achieve this, including Machiavellian deception and a cunning and brutal murder. James starts responding to Richard, cautiously at first, then gets swept along on the great love affair of his life. The Indigo Bird is a rollercoaster of surprises set against backdrops varying from the jungles of Belize to London, the English countryside, and Ireland, and the scene is set for more shocks and adventures.