1899, Charles Hadleigh leaves his quiet life in rural England to work for his uncle in the colony of British Somaliland. As he arrives a rebellion breaks out led by the Mad Mullah. The Mullah and his fanatical Dervish warriors have declared a jihad against the infidels. They have vowed to drive the British into the sea. The entire colony is at peril of fire and sword. For the British there can be no retreat. For the Mullah there can be no surrender. For once the sword of rebellion has been drawn the scabbard must be thrown away...