The story of Lt. Sam Loggins is a story of two wars -- that which he is fighting with a forward observation crew for artillery liaison and the one within himself about young T/5 Britt Harris, a replacement radio operator, whom he first distrusts, learns to admire and then despises. Harris makes like a hero too quickly, handles all the angles with confidence, stands up under unceasing shellfire and demands made on courage with competence until Loggins at last can commend him. Oh leave, Loggins meets the wealthy American, Mrs. Blair, and her sheltered daughter, Monique, but it is Harris with whom Monique falls in love and his Southern blood, which cannot surmount the fact of her Negro father, drives her to suicide. From then on hate controls Loggins' dealings with Harris, forces them into a long chance assignment -- of locating and directing fire on enemy supplies -- drives him to a deadly vengeance when Harris betrays his cowardice and treachery, and leaves him a maimed casualty. Solidly set in its war background, the first person narration mounts to a melodramatic climax for a strong, masculine story.