Nine hours after Pearl Harbor, the Japanese attack the Philippines, starting a
war against the United States that was to last four years. Elton and Susan have fallen
in love and there is no escape from the Japanese.
The soldiers fi ght desperately for six months on the Bataan Peninsula, with the
Army nurses at their side, rendering aid when possible. Finally, dying of starvation
and disease, the Army discovers that the United States cannot send any supplies or
men to fi ght the Japanese because they are committed to the European campaign
fi rst. The Army ultimately must surrender.
Elton is forced to walk the Death March and to witness horrifying atrocities
during the rest of the war at Camp O’Donnell, Cabanatuan, and on the Hell Ships,
where Americans are murdered by Japanese cruelty and neglect. Susan is interred at
Santo Tomas and secretly aids the Filipino Guerilla movement.
Following his escape from a Hell Ship, Elton becomes involved with the Sixth
Army Rangers when they free Cabanatuan Prison Camp behind Japanese lines.