Viewed from the Axis side, this is a realistic, unbiased narrative by a Hungarian infantry officer during WW II. The story accelerates as a runaway train paralleling the decay of the German-Hungarian war-machine. In addition, the novel illustrates the changes in the lifestyle of the Hungarian military middle class. The book is aimed at the politically aware reader wishing to understand the realities of war in entertaining, thought provoking manner. While it is a work of fiction, the episodes are based on fact; therefore, the reader will find graphic descriptions of disturbing events.