When Rudi is drafted by the US Marine Corps, no one expects him to succeed. To everyone's surprise, however, Rudi turns out to be a very good soldier. That's because Rudi has decided to live by a simple code: He will follow orders. No matter how big or small. No matter how frightening. He likes being part of a squad, but the way some of his fellow soldiers behave toward their officers, the Vietnamese, and the war itself, is starting to trouble him.
But will following orders be enough to keep Rudi alive? And if he does survive the war, will his best friends even recognize him on the other side?
"The best Vietnam War novels yet for this age range." — Kirkus Reviews