J G White was born and raised in London and the South East. He served in the Royal Marines during the 1960s and saw active service in Borneo at the time of the Brunei Rebellion. He now lives in Nottingham where he taught for many years.
In 1962, Royal Marine Dacre A J is sent to The Depot RM at Deal. With 22 years' experience as a Commando, his task is to motivate and retrain a handful of Marines in order to enter a gruelling competition which requires them to be fit in a way that only Marine Commandos can be.