Follow the adventures of Naval Lieutenant Otto Prohaska in the waning years of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is the summer of 1916, and as luck would have it, Otto is assigned to the nascent, unreliable and utterly terrifying Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Flying Service. Otto’s aerial chauffeur is the self-willed Sergeant-Pilot Toth, with whom he can only communicate in broken Latin—although when all else fails, screaming may suffice!
Once again Biggins uses his sharp wit and meticulous research to reveal the humanity behind the history. On the ground the rickety Habsburg Empire crumbles before the onslaught of WWI, while in the air Otto confronts the winds of change heralding the 20th century.