A Day with the Old Folks is the story of one day in the lives of a half squad of men engaged in one of the bloodiest battles of World War 1. The book is reminiscent of the works by Erich Remarque, Ernst Junger, and Emil Zweig who wrote about their experiences in the Great War, a style that had not been seen since the 1930s. Its inspiration is One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. The Old Folks is a unique group who got their name not because of age but rather for their uncanny ability to survive together for over one year in deadly circumstances. While they weathered artillery barrages and attacks without wounds or capture, the four who filled out the rest of the squad came and went as easily as rain as did company commanders, and nearly the entire company roster. Other squads in the company avoided them and made up stories about them sucking up all the luck of those assigned to their ranks. Kluggman, Kowalski, Liebermann, and Lange undergo appalling conditions.