A stirring historical re-creation of the WW II naval battle for the Solomon Islands. Narrator Dick Fitzallen is a lieutenant commander in His Majesty's Royal Navy who seeks greener watery pastures than his present boring duty in the Mediterranean. He manages to get himself command of an Australian destroyer just in time for the August 1942 invasion of Guadalcanal--and loses the ship in a truly terrifying night battle with the Japanese, whose navy is sending ships and men down the "Slot" to reinforce the beleaguered island. Fitzallen is plucked out of the water and lives on to fight again--this time as an observer with the U.S. Navy in the same waters. He takes part, on one ship or another, in all five of the major sea battles that make up the battle of the Solomons--and even manages to get himself captured (briefly) by the Japanese--before returning to port and his new Aussie sweetheart. Fitzallen is less a character in his own right than a vehicle for Baly's detailed descriptions of historical navy engagements, but this is mostly good WW II entertainment in the grand "Victory at Sea" mode.