Greene, Sanders, Niven and Henry are the sons of cashiered officer C. Aubrey Smith who has been unjustly tossed out of the service and then murdered by criminal businessmen. John Ford directed this sprawling saga that treks from India to South America, London, Egypt and the USA as the
young lads seek to uncover the truth about their revered father. What is never explained is how the family of a serviceman became rich enough to allow Niven to be a playboy, Sanders to become a barrister, and Henry to attend Oxford. There are many plots going simultaneously and the brothers use
the transatlantic phone to communicate their progress. It turns out the old fella was done ...