At the beginnig of this book the main character goes into the army because he is of navajo decent and their language is very tough, almost impossible to decode. so, him and the other navajos go through boot camp and do it fairly easy. one of the last things that they have to do is run through the desert with the americans in boot camp. while the americans are getting tired and thirsty, the navajos know a secret that there is water in small cacti. so the navajos are known as super humans. the main character is then sent on a ship to iwo jima. he helps the soldiers and comanders comunicate with one another. this is very important becasue a lot of their codes have already been figured out. the main character is one of the navajos that has to go into battle and be a ground comunicator. this is one of the more dangerous jobs and he is constantly risking his life. eventually they get the japanese to retreat and they take over the island. at the end of the book the main character is one of the people in the famous picture of the people rasing the flag on iwo jima.