In The Patch, the Army family quarters, life is just as draining as it is for the men fighting in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. In The Dependants, Rachel Lynch takes the reader through the emotional and gripping journey endured by the women of 7th Battalion, The Rifles, as their men go through their tour of duty. For Chrissy, Maggie and Jane, the tour will bring anxiety, always dreading the knock on the door bringing news of casualties or death. It will push their relationships to the limit. And it will bring them together, as they find ways to cope until the time when their men return and their families are reunited.