John Masters dramatisation with Michael Cochrane and Eva Haddon.wiki sourced synopsis: The novel is set at the time of the Indian Rebellion of 1857. The central character, Captain Rodney Savage, is an officer in a Bengal Native Infantry regiment. Restless with garrison life, he is still devoted to his regiment and its sepoys (Indian soldiers).In spite of his empathy with the sepoys Savage does not realise that fear and resentment are driving them to intrigue with local rulers and other conspirators against the rule of the British East India Company.The complacent life of the British community in Bengal is shattered by the Rebellion. Most of the British officers of the Bhowani garrison and their families (including Savage's wife) are killed in the outbreak or subsequently murdered.Savage escapes the massacre along with his infant son and an English woman, Caroline Langford. The small group of refugees are sheltered by sympathetic Indian villagers.For some time Savage's sense of betrayal and loss drives him into insane hatred of all Indians and he kills an Indian officer who was his friend. Eventually the humanity and tolerance of the villagers, combined with his growing love for Caroline, enable him to recover and to reach the British forces gathering to suppress the rebellion and infected with their own hatred and desire for revenge.In a final clash an emotionally torn Savage fights against his own former regiment. Ironically it is a charge by Indian cavalry, who have remained loyal to the British, which turns the tide of battle.The "Nightrunners" in the title are messengers who distributed chapatis, shortly before the outbreak of the rebellion. This mysterious historic incident remains unexplained.