A true story and a sweeping saga of a family at war, Hopes of Victory is a moving odyssey of the Chapman and O’Sullivan families. Going back in time to King Arthur in the Dark Ages, to the end of the Knights Templar order in the late 13th Century, and a swashbuckling ancestor, Captain de Croix, who harrassed English shipping around 1600 AD, to John Chapman who was the first Englishman to lay a claim on Southern African shores, to Thomas Reinholds who landed in Virginia, America, in 1625, and James Chapman a hunter and explorer . . . During WWI, one son is sent to Turkey and is captured while two sons are sent to France with only one returning, badly injured and with a shattered soul . . . In 1939 a new war begins and Britain finds herself alone and adrift amid stormy seas threatening to engulf her. With German bombers raining death and destruction on London’s populace Stanley William Chapman scours the rubble to pull Nazi victims to safety, with many dying in his arms. After his uncle is killed he vows vengeance upon all Nazis and joins the navy. With his brother Ernest serving on HMS Arethusa and his other sibling Jimmy in the 8th Army, Stanley heads off into the wild Atlantic to face the wrath of German U-Boats and the ocean itself . . .