Melbourne, September 1939: As Australia enters the Second World War, the Metro Magpies play their final match for the season under captain-coach Jack Kemp. This is to be the last occasion many of the team will see each other before they join up. Some depart eagerly for Empire and the next great adventure. Others reluctantly accept the inevitability of their involvement. All will be affected by the trauma of war and, in turn, will touch others far beyond Australia's shores.