Captain John Corns leads his Special Forces team into the jungles of the Central Highlands of Vietnam in 1963. Th ere is an insurgency, and he and his Green Berets have undergone extensive training for the mission of assisting the Vietnamese and Montagnard people in their fi ght against communist terrorism. What they fi nd is a challenge that resists rapid progress and a cause that leaves destruction and death in its wake. Corns returns four years later as a major and operations offi cer for the Army/Navy Mobile Riverine Force in the Mekong Delta. Th e confl icting military forces are larger, losses to both the insurgent Viet Cong and to American Forces are greater, and the sacrifi ces of men around him beg the question of what will it cost to win and will it be worth the losses. Now a retired Lieutenant General, Corns looks back at those days as a young offi cer to share the worth, to him, of that experiencehis time in Vietnam with men like himself.