Australia, 1942, World War II. Kathy (Debbie Byrne) is a performer in a Quonset hut saloon where she entertains the troops. One night after a performance, Kathy throws a party and meets Marine Sergeant Rebel (Matt Dillon). Injured in battle and recuperating in Australia, Rebel has gone AWOL, determined to leave the war far behind and escape via a cargo ship. Yet as he waits for the boat that will take him to freedom, the two begin to fall in love.