A number of ladies associate with the regiment, many of them widows of officers who have died on active service. One of the most feted of these is Mrs Marjorie Scarlett, whose husband Captain Scarlett won a posthumous Victoria Cross after fighting on the North-West Frontier. During an evening in the mess, involving the younger officers taking part in a ceremonial tradition that involes the pursuit and sticking of a pig, Mrs Scarlett runs in claiming to have been attacked, and identifies Lieutenant Fothergill as her attacker.
Fothergill has clearly seen this as a quick way back to England, and is apparently not bothered by the disgrace. He does not co-operate with the officer selected to defend him, Lieutenant Drake, and is adament in his refusal to deny his guilt. The trial, convened in secret by the officers of the regiment to protect reputations, is expected to be formality.
However, as the court begins to examine the open-and-shut circumstances of the case, a number of elements of doubt creep into the case including the nature of the attack, and the veracity of some of the evidence being given. This leads to Drake beginning to dig a little further, and having found a similar attack had taken place six months before, long before Fothergill had joined the regiment, he begins to suspect the culprit was in fact one of the other officers.
|Michael York||Leuitenant Drake|
|Richard Attenborough||Major Roach|
|Trevor Howard||Colonel Strang|
|Stacy Keach||Captain Harper|
|Christopher Plummer||Major Wimbourne|
|Susannah York||Mrs Scarlett|
|James Faulkner||Leuitenant Millington|
|Michael Culver||Leuitenant Fothergill|