The submarine service comes in for yet another angle in this story of a British Submarine commander, the first of its kind. Young joined the officers' class at a British naval school to learn celestial navigation, but the submarine became shortly an end in itself. Here we get a close-up of what life aboard a submarine is like. A straightforward account, underplayed in contrast to parallel reports in American accounts. He lets events tell their own story, keeps himself in the background and reveals the strength and courage of a free people. Young makes no bones of his self doubts, the mistakes he made, his failures. The stories he tells of sectors of combat suggest that survival depends as much on luck as on skill. There was scarcely a battle area in which he did not serve:- the Arctic on the Russian run, Biscay Bay, the Mediterranean, the waters around Ceylon and Sumatra, and finally Australia where he was transferred to the American fleet. At heart a civilian, Young -- and his life- did a superb job, and pays tribute to civilians turned fighting men.