The East African nation of Batasi is tearing apart at the seams, and a
group of British soldiers are caught in the middle. As fighting breaks out
between two rival factions in the former British colony, by-the-books
Regimental Sgt. Maj. Lauderdale (Richard Attenborough) attempts to
preserve peace and order. But his rigid style of command becomes
increasingly ill-suited to a volatile political situation in which the stability
of the old era has been replaced by violent conflict.