Ian Fleming is an agent with British Intelligence.
The two tales in this series deal with the man who would later go on to created the legendary but they deal with the author's life during World War II as a member of the Intelligence team that Britain has put together to combat the Axis. He holds the rank of Commander in that organization, much like his character would years later. The two adventures deal with Fleming's life during the early days of the Second World War, presenting several different aspects of the man's life.
There is on one hand the newly commissioned officer working diligently in his role as an analyst with the Naval Intelligence Department. Working out of the highly classified Room 39, he wants very much to be able to make some difference in the war effort and not be, as he felt those outside that room considered him "a paper-pushing delegate. A wonk who sometimes advised Admiral John Godfrey on what tie he should wear". With not a little regret, Fleming has to admit to himself in the beginning that as yet there was not "anything exciting to talk about" but he was determined.
Then there is the heavy drinking, chain smoking member of the British upper class. Whether spending time with his mother, the Lady Fleming, "an impeccable source of Whitehall gossip", or lounging around with Noel Coward imbibing two too many cocktails and talking poorly of anyone currently out of their favor, or wining and dining and seducing lovely women, single or married, that might catch his eye, Fleming enjoys his off time even if it invariably results in headaches the next day.