A regular-army sergeant is given the job of delivering badly needed guns to a volunteer unit. However, when he sees how badly trained the unit's soldiers are and how inexperienced its captain is, he refuses to complete the mission.
Ben is having trouble with his soldiers, who are volunteers and not regular troops. They only signed up for a short time and don't take the war particularly seriously. In addition, Ben's captain his getting on his case because he believes a big battle is brewing and he doesn't want to fight it with ill-disciplined and unmotivated troops.
A soldier convicted of cowardice under fire and sentenced to death has his execution delayed. However, two of the soldiers in his company are determined to see the sentence carried out, even if they have to do it themselves.