In March 1971, Vietnam Veteran George Wheeler is recalled to active duty. The notice puts him at odds with his girlfriend Mel, a college student and anti-war activist. George believes that his patriotism requires that he return to military duty. Mel, on the other hand, thinks it is George’s duty, as a responsible citizen, to refuse to participate further in the war.
The author holds a bachelor of science in mathematics from Denison University and a juris doctor from Case Western Reserve University. Following graduation from law school, he served in the Judge Advocate Corps of the US Air Force from January 1968 through December 1971.
LATE MORNING, THE DAY AFTER Christmas, George Wheeler finished his daily five-mile run. As he jogged up the driveway of his Tulsa home, he found a gray Volvo PV544 parked near his front door. George stopped behind the car, took note of its New York license plates. As he entered his home, he found his girlfriend, Mel, and a man in the kitchen standing close together as if they had just embraced. Mel moved away quickly and poured herself a cup of coffee. The man was a bit older than Mel, perhaps early thirties, shoulder-length dark hair, dressed in ragged jeans, a worn army field jacket over a flowered shirt.
“George, meet Ed Flanagan,” Mel said. “He’s an old friend, arrived last night from New York.”