Dr. Joel Emerson has been on an extended medical leave (and refusing comment on multiple pending investigations) from the university from which he so cherished. This was the final, however off-topic and rambling, submission for publication he sent the quarterly campus research journal.
Against the backdrop of the D-day battlefront and in a series of flashbacks on the home front, Charles Trammel, student at Trammel Academy, an East Coast Ivy League prep school, contemplates and investigates the meaning of honor through viewing his familial past, tempestuous present, and unknown future. He begins to understand what it means to be honorable as he is influenced by the actions of a young WWII draftee.
Francine Cole, a 47 year old millionaire writer of Hollywood movies and books, suddenly receives divorce papers from her pilot husband Tom. So in retreat, she takes off to South Carolina and the marshes of Mt. Pleasant. During this time, she revisits old friends, takes control of her college daughter's lives, and attempts to take up new hobbies and new grounds; middle aged dating!