When a young man gets off a bus at Ike's store, he is confronted by some men who start giving him a hard time. They soon get in a fight and one of the hecklers has his arm broken, all of which is witnessed by Mary Ellen.
After the fight is broken up, Mary Ellen learns that the young man, Eddie Ramirez, is someone Curt saved at Pearl Harbor and he came to the mountain to deliver a Silver Cross that President Roosevelt awarded posthumously to Curt to his wife. After talking to one another for awhile, Mary Ellen invites him to stay with her and the family for a few days, and they eventually fall in love. However, problems arise, with Sheriff Bridges stops by to tell Eddie that the men he fought with when he arrived on the mountain are pressing charges on him, and Mary Ellen agrees to testify that Eddie did nothing wrong, ultimately causing the charges to be dropped.
However, when he, Jason, and Ben go to the Dew Drop Inn for some drinks, the same group of men arrives and begins to hassle him for being Hispanic. When Eddie stands up for himself, he eventually tells the men that he is proud of the life he has lived so far and the accomplishments he is proud of and that they should not be fighting about his race, but the bigger war that is being fought in the war.
Meanwhile, Corabeth comes across an old beau while in Charlottesville. Thinking she gave him the slip, the man tracks her down to Walton’s Mountain and they begin spending some time reading poetry by a nearby pond. It isn’t until she has dinner with him that it makes Corabeth realize how much she loves Ike, something which she tells him when she arrives home. Share this article with your friends