Mr. Standfast, the third in the series of five novels following Hannay's exploits, picks up the story after Hannay has returned home from the Somme. Working for the War Office under an assumed name, he is a brigadier still under 40, taken out of the military for a another round in the spy game.
The only instructions he's given are to take up his old identity as a mining engineer from South Africa and pose as a staunch pacifist. As Hannay himself puts it: "To go into Germany as an anti-British Afrikaner was a stoutish adventure, but to lounge about at home talking rot was a very different-sized job."
Richard Hannay, the South African mining engineer and war hero, again takes listeners along as he navigates the twists and turns of espionage during the turbulent World War I years.