During World War II, high school student Homer Macauley and his boss, Willie Grogan, pull their weight at the local telegraph office. Homer is dedicated and enthusiastic at first, but becomes troubled when the office begins receiving death notices about local soldiers. Luckily, he finds inspiration in a new hire, the confident Tom Spangler. But Tom has troubles of his own. Smitten with Diana Steed he too must overcome his insecurities.