August, 1864. A court of inquiry convenes at the Union Army headquarters to investigate the Battle of the Crater, one of the worst disasters endured by a disaster-prone army. The eyes of the world are on it, and much is at stake: the military news of that spring had been full of unrelenting frustration and outright catastrophe.
General Washington ends a three-year stalemate and embarks on a secret three-hundred-mile forced march of his entire army to meet the French navy's Chesapeake Bay blockade and capture Cornwallis's entire force.
Admiral Yamamoto struggles with the discovery that his government failed to formally declare war on America prior to the Pearl Harbor attack, while Admiral Halsey prepares for a decisive counter-strike.