Fast and agile, the Motor Torpedo Boats of the Royal Navy were feared in the seas around Britain. Determined to defend the coast, their ferocity under pressure caused them to be dubbed 'Spitfires of the Sea.' But that meant nothing to young Able Seaman John Dawes. He longed to be posted to a mighty destroyer rather than one of the 'toy boats.' But Dawes would soon find out why these impressive little vessels were so feared.