In this book, Commissar Gaunt and the Tanith First-and-Only are soldiers caught up in the eternal wars of the 41st millennium. Forced to abandon their homeworld to the Dark Powers of Chaos, Commissar Gaunt and the Tanith 'Ghosts' now fight at the forefront of the brutal Sabbat campaign, always hoping that one more victory will win them a new planet to call home. On the once-proud Imperial world of Aexe Cardinal, a ferocious land war rages as the legions of Chaos stubbornly resist the Imperial Crusade. Into this savage arena of deadly fortifications, harrowing combat and constant bombardment arrives the Tanith First. Perhaps their only chance to survive the meat-grinder of a frontal assault is to volunteer for a mission so dangerous that no one else will attempt it. Fix bayonets and charge into this tale of courage amid the waste, insanity and confusion of a galaxy at war!