Four best friends. Four ways to serve their country. Morris, Rudi, Ivan, and Beck are best friends for life.
So when one of the teens is drafted into the Vietnam War, the others sign up, too. Although they each serve in a different branch, they are fighting the war together and they promise to do all they can to come home together. Rudi is perhaps the most concerned about whether or not hell be able to keep that promise.
After all and hed be the first to admit this hes not the most capable guy. Hes not smart like Beck, or brave like Ivan. He lacks the strength of Morriss moral convictions.
But once Rudi is pulled kicking and screaming into the Marines, he at last finds something hes good at following orders. Will that be enough to keep him alive? And if he does survive the war, will his best friends even recognize him on the other side?