Haraldsson, who now serves as a nurse at Walter Reed Army Hospital, knows that Jack MacLaine, United States Army Intelligence Officer, is her best hope for romance. After she accepts his marriage proposal, she naively thinks her life will return to normal. Unfortunately, she has never been more wrong. After the North Koreans attack South Korea, MacLaine is sent overseas. It is not long before Haraldsson is enlisted by her boss, Dr. Brad Taylor, to travel to Korea to launch a mobile army hospital. As the two work tirelessly to set up their MASH unit, Haraldsson has no idea that an unexpected tragedy is about to strip away her newfound happiness.
Many twists and turns occur in this continuing historical thriller. The great political and military dramas of the times unfold as the legendary Marine First Regiment Commander Chesty Puller, General Douglas MacArthur, General Matthew Ridgway, and President Harry Truman assume their commanding roles.
In this continuing historical saga, an American nurse soon realizes that amidst the chaos of war, nothing is guaranteedespecially love.
Adjustment from civilian life is traumatic. In the ill-prepared Navy, Larry is assigned to a new crew activating a mothballed amphibious ship. Mechanical failures, training accidents, and tension between the diverse shipmates cause challenges and delays. They finally reach the war just as Chinese Communist troops intervene and the United Nations forces are in full retreat.
In Korean waters the crew experiences a variety of transport and service jobs, interspersed with dangerous combat assignments. Larry and his shipmates struggle with their fears, internal conflicts, and casualties, while maturing into a proud, cohesive, and effective Navy crew.