In the spring of 1970 four newly married young women come together at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, when their husbands go on active duty as officers in the U.S. Army. The new army wives have their whole lives to look forward to – if only their husbands can survive Vietnam.
Synopsis:Different as these four women are, they have one thing in common: Their overwhelming fear that, right after these nine weeks of training, their husbands could be shipped out to Vietnam – and they could become war widows.
Sharon is a Jewish anti-war protester who fell in love with an ROTC cadet; Kim is a Southern Baptist whose husband is intensely jealous; Donna is a Puerto Rican who grew up in an enlisted man’s family; and Wendy is a Southern black whose parents have sheltered her from the brutal reality of racism in America.
These women must learn to overcome their prejudices, reveal their darkest secrets, and be successfully initiated into their new lives as army officers’ wives during the turbulent Vietnam War period.
NOTE: While fictional, this story is based on experiences as a new Mrs. Lieutenant in the spring of 1970 right after the Kent State shootings. This screenplay is an adaption of the 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award semifinalist MRS. LIEUTENANT. For more information on the backstory and to read the first four chapters of the novel, see www.MrsLieutenant.com