Veterans' return -- not to the world they had pictured and dreamed of while they were fighting, but to their old town, still blind and with minds closed to the lesson Dave and bill had learned -- of tolerance, freedom of action and thought of kindness. David, with one leg missing, imports Jaqueline from France, so that they may be married and have their farm. It is around her that the storm centers:- the many prejudices against foreigners, against communism, against conscientious objectors, the childishness of overt acts, of superstition, of gossip, the narrow-mindedness that prides itself in isolationism, in misunderstanding. Bill fights back as hard as David does -- but Jaqueline, with her straight thinking honest attack on those who would ruin her chance for happiness in the future, in the one who makes the opportunity for the success of their plans. A mixture of bitterness and hope, a balance between near surrender and the fight for survival background marriage between allies and obstacles to be overcome. Realism that's not for delicate palates.