1970... the devastating war between North and South Vietnam, the war that tore a country apart and set brother against brother, is at its height. Lieutenant Mui is killed serving with the South Vietnamese army, leaving Thanh, his young widow... and the children. What are they going to do? Then Vu, his younger brother, moves in to take care of the family... and the result is an age-old dilemma for Thanh and Vu. In this penetrating narrative, Thanh Long looks at the soul of a nation in conflict, and at the search for happiness among war and deprivation.