Six stories illustrate the horrors of the Vietnam war. The first story features a soldier who tries to help a village improve its crop, only to see his efforts result in disaster. In the next, a fresh conscript gets into a battle with a barman in his own town. In the third story, a platoon of men are forced to consider murdering their commander. The fourth tale features a lazy soldier, who learns the value of teamwork when he is cut off from his platoon, while the fifth story concerns a lieutenant on leave, who cannot convey the horrors of war to his suburban wife. In the final story, a new nurse on the front line is treated with hostility by the woman she is replacing.