Lacey Pierce, recently returned from the Peace Corps in Africa, falls in love with a young lawyer and peace activist, Doug Pierce. Doug has been sentenced to prison for resisting the local draft during the Vietnam War. While waiting for the appeal on the case, Doug and Lacey start a lively commune. Doug wins his appeal and is assigned as civilian counsel for dissident GIs in the American military in Japan. In Japan, differences erode the couple’s relationship. Returning to the States in New York City, the couple enters therapy, but the marriage fails. Alone, Lacey goes home to Boston for a friend’s wedding. She visits her father’s grave and realizes that her male adventures have been false starts in search of him.