The story starts in April 1937 when Stanley entered the Prep. Dept. of the old established grammar school, King Edward 6th School. The clouds of war were gathering in 1937 as the community was recovering from the Great Depression of the early 1930s.
The war clouds broke as he entered the Main School in September 1939. When the war ended Stanley was starting his second year in the Sixth Form.
In writing his story of these years Stanley has tried to portray events and experiences so that his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren may have a glimpse of the life that many lived in those traumatic years.
The story is framed by School Terms. The development and progress of the War, itemized in summary, was the ever-present and dominant factor in everyones lives.