The book relates the experiences of a tank crew, driving a Sherman tank, christened the Lady Bug, from the landing in Africa through campaigns in northern Italy. Sgt. Hawkins is in command, Jake is the gunner and Hicks is the loader. They survive combat, going up against the dreaded Tigers, Panthers and the cursed 88s, POW camp, horrendous losses along the way; the question is can they survive the peace, especially as Hawkins comes home badly wounded.The best years of their lives seared by the horrors of war, can they readjust, find a new focus? Whether in war or peace, they continue to rely on each other to pull themselves through all the challenges.