An actress, whose boyfriend is killed in Korea, suffers a breakdown and is sent to prison for writing bad checks. After she's released from prison, her parole officer tries to help her get life back together.
In a primitive country in southeastern Asia, the American consul nervously awaits an upcoming election that may be disrupted by a local strongman/war lord type. A plane carrying two U.S. businessmen makes an emergency landing nearby, and awaits simple repairs. Some village children appear to be on the verge of a polio outbreak, so the consul appropriates the plane to take the kids to a hospital.
Just after D-Day, the Americans are hemmed in by German forces and hedgerow-choked fields outside of St. Lo. Setting up for a breakout, Major Howie has promised his company will be first in the town, though orders from his superiors and death complicate things.