1940. The Fronsac, a French warship berthed on the Clyde, explodes suddenly. This is the pivotal moment that will dictate the lives of many in the years ahead. It is in Maurycy's story (a Polish soldier stationed in Greenock, locally known as Mike) that the themes unfold. This is a fascinating, historical fiction with much to savour, especially its sincere and humane depiction of the Polish experience during and after the war.