United States Marine, Bernard Shepard
dies, leaving a package to be mailed to his Vietnam War comrade.
Charles Masters, settled into his writing on the coast of southern Maine, opens
the package and is shocked to find a note saying that Bernard, who he knew as Shep, has died.
The package explodes with memories of a horrific incident
that occurred on a rain soaked hill in Vietnam.
Thrust into a challenging journey of discovery, covering three states, three countries, and five
decades, Charles is forced to search his own scars to determine and understand his culpability. Memories flutter like a broken
film in a theatre, dragging him along a haunting path of guilt and forgiveness through the lingering shadows of war.
As memories rise like molten lava
from a volcano, Charles revisits both the humor and the horror of a past he thought had been long buried.
With tenacity, determination, and the support of four strong
women, Charles negotiates the learning curve of an ever changing environment. Struggling through a troubled youth, a relentless
war, and a return home to an angry nation, he learns the complicated intricacies of trust and loyalty.