The action takes place somewhere near Leningrad in 1942. You've got Germans in one corner and Russions on the other, and the last ones are going to try to breatch the german lines. This book is about the worse things in war: the suffering, the lack of hope, wishing that the bullit fired from the oder side is going to hit the friend next to you, thus letting you live. There are no heros, no longer ideals or big racionals that justifies the horror of a war. Gert Ledig has a supperb writting style and in this book you get not only the perfect picture of what a horribile thing war is, but also how horrible it is to be in one. He uses the eyes of 4 or 5 charachters on both side o the conflit to let you see the pain, the futility and the non-human side of all that business. No sides taken, no big morals. It's the human vs. animal side in each one of us, when madness, hate and death are uppon us. This book is a 5 star and if, on the end, you still like wars, seak professional help.