In the shadow of an advancing front, a burial detail conducts its duties and a chaplain prepares pray over the dead. However, the sad rituals are interrupted as a groan is heard from the newly dug graves and the fallen soldiers rise to their feet. Incensed at their plight, the men plead not to be buried in the saturated ground but instead ask to rejoin the living. As word of the insurrection spreads, the establishment seeks to suppress it.
"Irwin Shaw's 1936 anti-war play, in which bodies buried on the battlefield rise from their graves to protest the senseless carnage and cruelty of war."