This recalls the almost unknown story of the heroism of a valiant band of nuns who worked with Florence Nightingale to alleviate the wretchedness of the wounded in the Crimean War. It brings to life for young readers (9 to 14) the adventures of the five Bermondsey Sisters of Mer, led by Reverend Mother Mary Clare, who dedicate themselves and their work to the Five Wounds of Christ before leaving England for the battlefront. They bravely fight fith, privation, lack of medicine, cholera and prejudice to bring solace to the suffering in hospitals at Scutari and Balaclava, and Florence Nightingale numbered the courageous heroines of this book among her most cherished friends. It is a stirring story Catholic girls will like. Imprimatur.