It didn't happen. They fought fierce last-ditch engagements at Chateau Thierry, Saint Mihiel, and especially the Argonne. Bernie and his friends find their moments-of-truth in that last desperate fighting. When the smoke clears, he is left alone to go home to an uncertain future in a country that would never again be isolated. His stressed-out mind is full of bloody images and self-doubts, leaving him to rely on a tenuous faith that promises to keep him alive until the time when he can reorient himself and begin life over again.