The story in the book revolves around suffering of fighters during the Vietnam was. There are many heroes in this story, but the focus is on two heroic endeavors by two fighters. One is Narouk, who was born in France to a Vietnamese couple who migrated during 1940. While studying at the Sorbonne university, Narouk joins a French committee opposing the Vietnamese war. He goes back to his roots while the war in its climax and joins the Viet Cong when he meets the American pilot Martin who was shot down and consequently became a POW.
The book contains many exciting and humane events halting the feeling of hatred. These same events helped create a bond between the two personalities.