Almost 13 year old Jamie Dexter has been raised Army all the way. She is excited when her brother, T.J, enlists in the Army and is sent to Viet Nam. The colonel is not excited and in fact, he discourages T.J. from enlisting. Jamie is confused by her father's reaction. Why doesn't he want T.J. in the Army? Jamie can't wait until she get T.J.'s letter. She wants to find out what its like on the front lines. But instead of letters, T.J. sends Jamie pictures. Viewing the war through her brother's eyes causes Jamie to change her mind about the war.