This book is about a young man's family life before entering the Marine Corps. To serve in Viet Nam. It entails the formation of his belief system from his family in Chicago, and now his encounter with the culture shock of service in the Marine Corps and Viet Nam changed them. It tells the event-by-event experiences of his encounters and of how the people that influenced him, affected him and the changes he was forced to make in order to learn and survive the rigorous training and tracking he would later need and use to survive in combat. It tells of the causation and experiences that set the stage for his life long struggle with post traumatic stress disorder.