Paxton Andrews, a young idealistic woman from the American Deep South, faces love, loss and the harsh realities of war. When thrown into the radical 1960s campus life at Berkley, she believes she has found a soul mate in a bright law student named Peter. But he is drafted and killed in Vietnam. Grief motivates Paxton to become a war correspondent and she is transferred to Saigon. Once there she pursues journalistic truth and finds time for a sexy army captain as well.