Han Kiju, a pulp fiction writer, needs to write a new best seller every month for his publishing house. Still reeling from his youth experience as a volunteer infantryman in the South Korean Army's highly decorated White Horse Division, which fought alongside American troops in Vietnam, Han suffers a textbook case of Vietnam syndrome. The burdens of guilt and alienation make his private life barren and constantly sabotages his career and marriage.
Using flashbacks to the combat fields of Vietnam the film depicts, in a graphic way, how Han and his frontline infantry experienced the war uniquely as Asians yet felt the same nightmare of fear and meaningless sacrifice as their American counterparts.
While Sgt. Han's platoon is being decimated by an unseen Viet Cong enemy during a long range reconnaissance mission behind enemy lines, one of his fellow soldiers slips into insanity causing untold carnage and death. A reunion with this man forces Han to confront the past and the most painful events of his life.