Try as you might, it really is quite difficult to imagine Jenson Button, his racing career curtailed by war, parachuting into hostile territory as a secret agent, hooking up with Fernando Alonso, and the pair of them embarking upon a career in special operations.
Thus the story of the WWII activities of Willy Grover, winner of the first Monaco Grand Prix under the pseudonym 'W Williams' (one of numerous aliases he worked under), and Robert Benoist, a former GP and Le Mans winner, seems fanciful enough to have offered the plot line to an entire series of 1950s comic books.
Yet it all happened.
In this book, veteran F1 journalist Joe Saward has shone the spotlight on to an element of motorsport history that has been vastly under-represented up to this point. And in doing so, the lives of some incredibly brave and resilient people have been brought back to the surface after more than half a century spent sleeping in obscurity.