As a young Army officer begins a year of training in 1969, his girl does not want him to go to Vietnam.
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The Sweet War Man
As Second Lieutenant Randy Thayer begins his Army training, Andrea Tremblay is willing to accept him as a soldier, but doesn't want him to go to war. Randy seeks the answer to why men follow the profession of arms. In seeking this quest, he has chosen to be one of the new charioteers, a rotary wing pilot in the war known as the helicopter war, Vietnam. To keep him from her own fears of war, Andrea tries to enlist his support in a climb to power in her father's industrial company. Can the security of luxury entice Randy from his middle class background? Each faces different challenges, which slowly begins to pull them apart. Can their relationship survive? Randy is caught in the Army's downsizing from the fading war. Andrea, aligned with her father, faces challenges of introducing new products into the conservative Tremblay family, entrenched in their stagnant interests. Faith Beckwerth, the neighborhood girl, vies for Randy's affection with an iron-willed determination. She supports his beliefs, listens to him, and supports him in his times of fear and need. Yet, Randy is still drawn to Andrea, and the physical pleasure of their love.
"Randy, it's me." Her voice cut through his rambling thoughts. She was standing next to his new Camaro. Her long hair glistened in the hot afternoon sun. A light summer dress sculptured her frame. When he looked up hearing her voice, the sun nearly blinded him. Her hair was the same. Her eyes, which had come into his dreams countless times, were the same blue. There was something different about her, but it was Andrea.