Robert Jones has been haunted by visions and creatures since childhood, some friendly, some not. He's been on balance something of a failure in life, but now The Great War has broken out, and he enlists in the hope of finally making his family proud of him.
When he's lying badly wounded on the battlefield, and thinks things can't get worse, his creatures appear again.
The story alternates between Jones as a young boy, Jones as a soldier in the war, and Jones writing his diary and his memoirs.
This is a beautifully told story, unfolding its mysteries layer by layer. Is Jones strong enough for the war? Is he strong enough for what haunts him? What choices can he face harder than killing his fellow man in combat?
It's lyrical and moving, and well worth your time. Recommended.